Smyrna Councilwoman Anulewicz: Fire Chief Day fired
by Jon Gillooly
July 16, 2014 06:11 PM | 9319 views | 1 1 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paige Day
Paige Day
SMYRNA — Smyrna Fire Chief Paige Day has been terminated, Smyrna Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz has confirmed.

Day is appealing the decision, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Bennett.

Anulewicz said she couldn’t discuss details, but did say the Smyrna City Council met in executive session on Monday to discuss “a personnel issue.”

Then on Tuesday, Eric Taylor, city administrator, fired Day, Anulewicz said.

Prior to Monday’s meeting, Anulewicz said she was “generally happy” with the Smyrna Fire Department.

“I think morale was good,” Anulewicz said. “There are always transitions and growing pains that come along with that, especially when you have someone coming new into a role, and they’re not from the area. But I think that over all things were going well. That’s why there are so many levels of disappointment to this. It’s all very disappointing.”

The Smyrna City Council appointed Day fire chief, the first woman to take the role in the city’s history, in December of 2013 by a 7-0 vote.

Day formerly worked as assistant fire chief in Missouri City, Texas.

“This is where I plan to stay,” Day told the MDJ after she was hired. “This is the capstone of my career. This is what I have always wanted.”

Taylor said he couldn’t comment except to say Deputy Fire Chief Roy Acree was serving as acting fire chief.

Bennett said Day has appealed the decision to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee made up of Ron Fennel, Susan Wilkinson and Charles Welch. A hearing date has not been set.

Day was hired at a salary of $100,000, compared to her predecessor, Jason Lanyon, who made $88,624. In September of 2013, Lanyon voluntarily resigned amid an internal investigation about city policies not being followed. Lanyon had been employed by the Smyrna Fire Department since 1996 and was promoted to fire chief in 2004.

The Smyrna Fire Department has a staff of 78 and a budget of $4.8 million.

“It’s upsetting for myriad reasons, really, it truly is,” Anulewicz said.

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July 16, 2014
Way to go Councilwoman Anulewicz. Open your mouth when you should keep it closed. Don't you know anything? You might have just defamed Chief Day and embarrassed Post 3 and Smyrna. Let Jennifer Bennett and Eric Taylor do their jobs. Now Scott Cochran may have to do his best to keep Chief Day from suing this great city and possibly YOU.
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