Following an executive session on Tuesday after the Sept. 1 Monroe Called Meeting, Monroe Fire Chief Bill Owens was “relieved of his duties with immediate effect,” by a vote of the City Council. The Council voted 5 to 2 to fire Owens with Councilmembers Norman Garrett and Myoshia Crawford opposing the motion.
“He was relieved of his duties due to a loss of faith in his leadership by Council,” said Monroe Mayor John Howard. “Bill is a good man but my faith as well as that of the city of Monroe has to be in the city administrator. He is confident that the city can be better represented by somebody who is more aligned with the team.”
The city administrator is Logan Propes. Howard said that there has been no interim chief appointed.
“Battalion Chiefs will run operations in the meantime and report to Logan Propes – Jack Armstrong, Joe Page and Andrew Dykes,” Howard said.