Glenn to retire as Fire Chief

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Maumelle Fire Chief George Glenn announced his resignation from the department at the City Council meeting on Monday night.

Glenn has led the Fire Department for the last 13 years.

In a resignation letter sent to Mayor Mike Watson, Glenn said his resignation would be effective Dec. 31 but word of his departure began filtering out this summer.

Watson said while Glenn had told him earlier of his desire to retire, some years of service in other states needed to be approved by LOPFI, Arkansas’ Local Police and Fire Retirement System.

Glenn addressed the City Council and thanked Watson and former mayor and current Alderman Burch Johnson for their support when he was first hired.

After the meeting Watson said a timetable for Glenn’s replacement wasn’t set.

“He has to retire first, then I’ll name an interim,” Watson said. “Then we’d have a national or regional search for his replacement.”

Under Glenn, the Fire Department was able to achieve and maintain its current ISO Rating of 3 with 1 being the best in the country and going down to 10.

For comparison, Little Rock and North Little Rock both have an ISO rating of 2.

The Council also approved a strategic plan for the growth of Maumelle. The plan cost $155,000 and was done by Crafton Tull over the course of several years.

The plan, Watson said, is for it to be a “living document” that changes as the needs of the city change.

In other business, the Council also took a lengthy look allowing golf carts on city streets as vehicles.

Currently the ordinance only allows for golf carts to travel to and from the city’s golf courses.

Police Chief Sam Williams and Watson both had concerns about the ordinance as currently proposed.

An ordinance to allow for audio and video recording of the Council meeting was also approved. The cost of installing the camera and recoding equipment will be covered by a state grant.

The next meeting of the Council will be Monday, Nov. 4

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