Fire Chief to resign July 22

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser listens as his official resignation letter is read during the Monday, June 16 City Council meeting.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield City Councilmember Margaret Fey, right, reads Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser’s official resignation letter as City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson listens.

Jerry Schlosser on Monday, June 15 announced that he will officially resign as Leitchfield Fire Chief effective 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, his 70th birthday.

Schlosser presented his official resignation letter, which was read by Leitchfield City Councilmember Margaret Fey, during the regularly scheduled, Monday, June 15 Leitchfield City Council meeting.

In the letter, Schlosser expressed his pride about hiring the Leitchfield Fire Department’s (LFD) first three female firefighters; the purchase of a new Quint fire truck; increasing LFD membership; and the completion of Firefighter’s Memorial Park, none of which, he said, could have been accomplished without the support of Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason and the City Council.

Following the reading of the letter, the City Council passed a motion to accept Schlosser’s resignation and expressed their gratitude for Schlosser’s 42 years of service on the LFD.

“Jerry, I think we’re all very proud of you,” said Thomason, who added that he considered it an honor to know Schlosser and looks forward to Schlosser’s completing his 43rd year on the LFD.

“I appreciate all the dedication you have given to the fire department,” said Fey.

City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson, who also turns 70 this year, said Schlosser’s resignation has led him to reflect on his own life and legacy, and that, while the city will miss Schlosser, “I know the department will go on.”

City Councilmember William Dallas, who has served on the LFD for 33 years, said, “I appreciate everything you have taught us and instilled in us.”

City Councilmember Margie Decker said she was appreciative to Schlosser, as well, because he recommended that she be appointed to the City Council.

City Councilmembers Harold Miller and Raymond “Tooty” Cottrell expressed their appreciation for Schlosser’s many years of service to his community, as well.

“I just appreciate your commitment to the community,” Miller said.

Following the acceptance of Schlosser’s resignation, Leitchfield Firefighter Derrick Lasley asked the City Council how the next Leitchfield Fire Chief will be selected.

Thomason said he and the City Council are going to allow the LFD members to select their own Fire Chief, as they have done in the past.

Dallas said that whoever the LFD members choose, they need to have “total backing for our next chief.”

In other business:

*The City Council approved the second and final readings of the City of Leitchfield’s amended Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget and proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.

*The City Council approved the Leitchfield Public Works’ purchase of a forklift from Yale Kentuckiana Incorporated at the cost of $24,650.73, which will be fully covered by a grant.

*The City Council approved the Grayson County Alliance’s request to hold Art in the Park 2016 in James D. Beville Park from May 20 through May 22, 2016.

*The City Council approved resolutions recognizing the retirements of Grayson County Agriculture Extension Agent Jack Ewing and Grayson County Superintendent Barry Anderson.

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