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11-23-05 - Sherman’s Fire Chief announced Tuesday that he is stepping down saying he can’t overcome what he calls “negativity.”
The resignation came into the city manager’s office Tuesday morning, and after two and a half years, Ralph Hendricks is calling it quits.
"The history of the Sherman Fire Department is one of controversy and negativity,” Hendricks said in a statement Tuesday. “We're made great strides, but I've been unable to overcome that negativity that's been with us so long."
Hendricks went on to say he had a great respect for the Department and fire fighters, but it is time to step down and let someone else serve as chief.
The Fire Department has been plagued with some degree of controversy over the past few months. Two fire fighters were reprimanded after an internal investigation, and the Lieutenant that reported them was put on administrative leave.
"I'm disappointed,” Sherman Mayor Bill Magers said. “Ralph's done a good job for the city. With FEMA, he was instrumental in helping hurricane victims. He's received accolades county-wide for that. But it's his decision, and we wish him the best."
The Chief’s last day is December 8th, and city manager Scott Wall will appoint an interim chief.