Idyllwild Fire Chief Norm Walker expects to leave the local fire department by end of the year.
“All I know is that [the commission] wants to go in a different direction,” Walker said Tuesday night. “I don’t know what that is. They want somebody who can take them somewhere else.”
The Fire District Commission has not released any official information since they went into closed session during their Dec. 20 special meeting. One of the agenda items during that session was the completion of the chief’s 2011 performance evaluation.
“Out of respect for Chief Walker and under the advice from IFPD’s legal advisor, the commission is not able to make a comment at this time,” President Jeannine Charles-Stigall wrote in an
“They’ve asked for my resignation, but I don’t agree with the reasons,” Walker added.
Walker said he feels the commission believes the district is facing a financial crisis. “I don’t agree, but it’s definitely challenging,” he said.
“It’s [the resignation] supposed to be effective Dec. 31. They apparently have somebody lined up for the interim,” Walker said, who apparently has shared the fact of his imminent departure with some county officials.