After placing Fire Chief Jon Greer and accounting clerk Lauri Greer on paid leave in August, the Arvada Fire Protection District has announced that the chief has taken retirement effective Oct. 21. …
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After placing Fire Chief Jon Greer and accounting clerk Lauri Greer on paid leave in August, the Arvada Fire Protection District has announced that the chief has taken retirement effective Oct. 21. Greer's wife has also resigned from her position as accounting clerk, said battalion chief Deanna Harrington.
In August, the Arvada Fire Protection District launched an internal investigation of the Greers after allegations were “brought to the attention of the Board,” said a district statement.
Citing policy around confidential personnel matters, the district did not disclose further information.
“There were no allegations of criminal or suspicious conduct, none of the allegations brought to the Board's attention were referred to any criminal agency, and the District was never concerned with the financial security of its funds,” said the district's most recent statement, from board president Bob Loveridge.
The investigation has now been closed, Harrington said.
The Arvada Fire Protection District provides firefighting and emergency medical services to approximately 120,000 people, according to the organization's website. The district consists of roughly 200 employees, operating eight fire stations across approximately 41 square miles in Arvada, Wheat Ridge and unincorporated Jefferson County.
Jon Greer joined Arvada Fire in 1979 and was promoted to fire chief in 2007. Lauri Greer joined the district as an accounting clerk in 2015.
Former president Ed Tomlinson, who served from 1996 to 2004, said that he and two fellow board members had discussed in 2002 demoting Greer, then assistant chief, after the board members approached Tomlinson with the possibility. However, the effort did not garner the necessary support, Tomlinson said.
“With the decisions he made, he wasn't the kind of leader we wanted,” Tomlinson said. He called some of Greer's actions “significant” but said that Greer had done “nothing inappropriate along financial lines.”
Jon and Lauri Greer could not be reached for comment in spite of multiple attempts.
The Arvada Fire Protection District has posted Loveridge's statement on Greer's retirement on the district website, Arvadafire.com.
“The District thanks Chief Greer for his 40 years of service to the District and wishes both Chief Greer and Mrs. Greer the best in their future endeavors,” Loveridge's statement reads.
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