A Carteret County fire chief is fired while the town manager resigns. Newport Fire Chief Drummond Figg was fired Friday effective immediately. Chief Figg had been with the department for four years, he will be temporarily replaced by Assistant Fire Chief Kane Johnson.
News Channel 12 reached out to the Newport Fire Department, but were told no comment. Figg did not return our phone calls.
Shortly after Figg was fired, Dick Casey announced his resignation as town manager. Mayor Derryl Garner offered little explanation behind the sudden termination and resignation.
“That will be explained later,” said Garner. “We are here today to celebrate the Newport Pig Cooking Contest. “That's where all of our energy had been diverted towards. I would prefer that that be addressed next week.”
According to the Carteret News Times, Casey said the decision to fire Figg came following an investigation initiated by the town council. Casey said members of the department lost confidence in Chief Figg and his ability to manage the fire department. He said Figg lacked the leadership skills necessary to address the issues.
Casey also told the Carteret News Times that his resignation is not related to Figg's termination