The Greenbrier City Council voted unanimously after an executive session Monday night to terminate the city’s fire chief.
Cody Fulmer said he is in shock that he no longer serves as fire chief.
"I always put the people’s lives and safety first," Fulmer said in disbelief. "It was completely a surprise to me."
In his six-year tenure as fire chief, Fulmer worked to update the department’s outdated equipment and keep his team trained in an effort to serve the city’s escalating calls for service, he said.
Mayor Sammy Joe Hartwick said the city will miss Fulmer but that aldermen were disappointed in his performance.
As the city’s full-time fire chief, Fulmer’s responsibilities also included being the code enforcement officer and the director of planning and zoning.
"We felt like we weren’t getting the necessary services in these departments," Hartwick said Thursday on the council’s behalf.
Hartwick confirmed that Fulmer received no disclipinary actions or write ups during his six-year tenure. Fulmer said that fact added to his surprise about the council’s decision to terminate him.
The council appointed volunteer firefighter Tim Tyler as the city’s fire chief and changed the position to part-time.
Hartwick said the city is looking for a new way to cover its need for a code enforcement officer as well as the planning and zoning director’s position.
He said he will always consider Fulmer a good friend.
"I think the world of Cody and hope the best for him," Hartwick said.
Despite other responsibilities, Fulmer said his No. 1 priority was keeping Greenbrier residents safe.
"I put the people’s lives way ahead of any other task," Fulmer said. "[The council] didn’t put the people first."