Mayor Davis Defends Fire Chief

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Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Augusta’s fire chief is back on the job and back in the line of fire.

Augusta Commissioners voted to rehire Chris James Tuesday night… one week after he resigned to take a new job in York County, South Carolina. York County, however, withdrew the offer.

The Augusta Professional Fire Fighters Association recently accused James of misusing $6 million in city money by purchasing problem-plagued fire trucks.

Those who support James returning  to the department say the Association isn’t telling the truth.

“It’s very clear the fire chief did not mismanage or misappropriate city renounces. I think that is evident and it’s fairly clear that was not the case, so anyone else who may have received that communication…let me state, emphatically, that’s factually incorrect and just not true,” says Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.

Those trucks were plagued with problems, and the city ultimately canceled the contract with the manufacturer, KME Company.

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