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Union: Ashland Fire chief resigns to prevent firefighter layoffs

Chief D'Orazi has resigned rather than laying off firefighters, according to Ashland Firefighters Local 1269.

Posted: May 22, 2019 9:54 AM
Updated: May 22, 2019 10:01 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Amid the threat of firefighter layoffs at Ashland Fire & Rescue, union representatives say that Fire Chief Mike D'Orazi has resigned.

"The Ashland Firefighters Association was informed yesterday that effective immediately Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi has submitted his resignation from his position," Ashland Firefighters Local 1269 said in a Facebook post.

According to Local 1269, the City of Ashland had asked for D'Orazi to cut the department's budget by an additional $300,000 on top of an original $100,000 reduction to the overtime budget.

"Chief D’Orazi stated this reduction could only be met with firefighter lay-offs," the union said.

Chief D'Orazi chose to resign instead, "in hopes that the cost savings of his salary would be used to prevent the layoff of firefighters."

"Local 1269 would like to thank Chief D’Orazi for his service to Ashland Fire and Rescue and for taking the ultimate stand against reduction in the number of firefighters protecting the community," the union said.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will be updating this article with more details as they emerge.

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