Cov­ing­ton Fire Chief, McNeil resigns

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Cov­ing­ton Fire Depart­ment Chief John McNeil turned in his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to Cov­ing­ton City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight Mon­day, cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons for leav­ing the depart­ment.

“We wish him the best,” Knight said at Tues­day’s city coun­cil meet­ing. “He has been a great as­set to the city. He’s truly go­ing to be missed.”

A date has yet to be set for McNeil’s res­ig­na­tion, Knight said.

McNeil was named Cov­ing­ton’s fire chief in June 2011 after serv­ing as a pri­vate con­sul­tant with Rhodes Con­sul­tants. He was Di­rec­tor of Emer­gency Ser­vices for Rock­dale County from May 2009-July 2010.

In his time as Cov­ing­ton’s chief, McNeil helped fa­cil­i­tate the en­tire depart­ment be­com­ing cer­ti­fied as emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians, lead­ing to two con­firm saves re­cently, ac­cord­ing to Coun­cil­man Chris Smith.

“He’s a great man,” Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston said. “He set a great ex­am­ple. He will be missed.”

McNeil was cho­sen by city man­ager Steve Hor­ton in 2011, after 28 years with the At­lanta Fire-Res­cue Depart­ment.

“John is ob­vi­ously highly qual­i­fied … we were all very im­pressed with him and what we be­lieved that he can bring to the city of Cov­ing­ton to cap­ture where we are and take us fur­ther down the road in fire ser­vices and pub­lic safety,” Hor­ton told the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil upon hir­ing McNeil.


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