Palominas loses another fire chief
Saenz resigns after conflict with board
SIERRA VISTA— Only a month after being appointed as Interim Palominas Fire Chief Michael Saenz resigned at a board meeting on Thursday night, citing conflict with the board, particularly Board Chair Tommy Stoner.
Stoner and Board Clerk Debbie Stoner told Saenz that while he had be hired for three months in an administrative capacity only, they understood that he would have a pager and radio, while also performing incident command duties on fires, according to audio of the meeting posted on the district’s website. Saenz said that was not his understanding and if he was to be expected to respond to fires, even in solely a command or coordinating role, he would need full benefits, which he had declined when he accepted the position.
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