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Fire-Rescue assessment results coming Monday


Greenville Fire-Rescue and police vehicles block off the entrance to Stantonsburg Road and and Bethesda Drive after a wreck occured early Monday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2017.


By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Friday, August 3, 2018

Results of an assessment into allegations of mismanagement and high turnover at Greenville Fire-Rescue will be released Monday, the city manager’s office announced.

Information generated during the five-month investigation will be released during a joint news conference by the city and department management, city spokesman Brock Letchworth said.

The results will be made public at 8:30 a.m. while city officials hold a closed meeting with department employees at City Hall, Letchworth said.

Following the meeting, City Manager Ann Wall and Fire Chief Eric Griffin will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. to address the results and recommendations of the assessment. 

Letchworth said the city will not comment on the results of the study prior to the news conference Monday. 

The assessment was conducted by Developmental Associates LLC, a Chapel Hill based consulting firm. The firm was hired by the city in March at a cost of $29,500. Originally, the study was to be completed by early summer, but was delayed by request of the firm.

The firm has conducted similar assessments and analysis of multiple city fire departments across the state, including the cities of Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and New Bern.

The assessment included a series of interviews with department employees and a departmentwide survey. Associates also met with high-level city and department officials. 

The study was prompted by concerns about staffing and allegations raised raised by current and former employees in a series of articles published last year by the East Carolina University student newspaper.

At the City Council’s annual planning meetings in January, Wall said she was concerned about staffing problems throughout the city, including the fire-rescue and police departments.

Contact Seth Gulledge at 329-9579 and Sgulledge@reflector.com