March 15, 2014 10:32:56 PM
Multiple councilmen and Columbus Fire and Rescue personnel have said an announcement from Mayor Robert Smith's office is expected Monday regarding the future of city Fire Chief Kenneth Moore's employment with the department.
No sources have been able to confirm to The Dispatch on the record that Moore is leaving the department. However, multiple city sources have said Moore recently gave Smith his letter of retirement but that the chief wanted to wait until after he and other CF&R personnel returned from a Center for Public Safety Excellence conference they attended last week to make a formal announcement.
Calls and messages to Moore and Smith were not returned as of press time. The city has not issued a statement confirming the announcement. Moore told The Dispatch March 10 that he had not turned a letter of retirement in to the city.
CF&R received national accreditation from the CPSE's Commission on Fire Accreditation International for its practices and performance during last week's conference. It is the first department in Mississippi to receive the accreditation.
Moore, a Caledonia native, has been with CF&R since 1984 and was promoted to the top position in 2005. He also has served as Homeland Security Coordinator for Columbus and Lowndes County.
Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.