Junction fire chief abruptly resigns
Grand Junction Fire Chief Mark Renslow resigned Tuesday night, catching city leaders by surprise.
“Totally,” said Larry Pote, a Grand Junction city councilman.
An email late Tuesday to The Jefferson Herald alleged that the city’s fire department is under investigation for supposed misappropriation of money, but the Greene County Sheriff’s Office had no knowledge of any such investigation, according to Chief Deputy Jack Williams.
Grand Junction councilman Alan Robinson said nothing was mentioned about the fire department at the council’s April meeting.
The city is now launching an investigation of its own, and has contacted its attorney, David Morain, for guidance, City Clerk Rita Jenkins said Wednesday.
“There’s no proof of anything,” Jenkins said. “The rest of it is hearsay.”
Former Grand Junction Fire and Rescue Chief Terry Hoefle has been appointed interim chief, Jenkins said.
Renslow was elected fire chief last March, Jenkins said.