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UPDATE: Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey resigns

UPDATE: Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey resigns

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Two Black Forest Fire Board members and an inside source tell KRDO NewsChannel 13 that Chief Bob Harvey resigned and turned in his radios.

However, Harvey's wife said he has not resigned.

In June, Harvey placed himself on medical leave citing post traumatic stress disorder. He made the announcement before a special meeting called by the fire board. On its agenda was a closed-door meeting to discuss "personnel matters related to the fire chief."

On July 30, the board spent almost an hour in a closed door session with an attorney. After, it announced it would continue to work with the fire chief and ended the meeting.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa criticized Harvey for not handing command over earlier during the Black Forest Fire. Maketa said it delayed key resources from getting into the fire fight.

An investigator hired by the Black Forest Fire Board said the fire was out of control and Harvey's decisions did not impact the fire's outcome.

During a special district election in May, all fire board members up for re-election were voted out. They were replaced by three firefighters. Some of the newly elected board members were behind a petition calling for Harvey's dismissal earlier this year.

Harvey's family posted commented on KRDO's post on Facebook about his resignation saying he has not resigned.

Harvey's wife also told KRDO NewsChannel 13 via Facebook that he has not resigned.

However, on Harvey's LinkedIn account said Thursday he worked as the fire chief at Black Forest Fire District from Aug. 2012 to July 2014 and now works for a company as a "Regional Fire Response Officer."

The name plate next to the fire chief's office at the district's main fire station is also vacant.

"I do know for a fact that he came in here and dropped off his stuff and picked up his personal belongings. I think that is a pretty clear indication of what his intentions are," said board member PJ Langmaid.

Langmaid said there was almost zero communication between Harvey and the Fire Board after Harvey submitted the letter for medical leave. Langmaid said Harvey's attorney has contacted them once. Langmaid said board members have tried to contact him but have not gotten a response.

Langmaid responded to family members firing back that Harvey did not resign.

"I have to thank the press for bringing the story up because apparently the only communication we have with the chief is when you guys bring up a story," said Langmaid.

Rick McMorran, Chairman of the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District Board of Directors, released the following statement Thursday evening:

On June 4, 2014, Chief Robert Harvey read a statement at a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District.  In that statement, Chief Harvey advised the Board that he was placing himself on sick leave effective the following day.  He then left the meeting without further comment to the Board.

Since that time, the Board has awaited word from Chief Harvey on his condition as well as his intentions regarding his return to work.  The Board had intended to schedule a meeting with Chief Harvey to discuss this, but then learned that he had apparently made statements elsewhere that he was no longer employed.  Yesterday, Chief Harvey cleared his personal items out of his office.

The Board is committed to providing the best possible emergency services to the residents of our Fire District and will be working to find a replacement to lead our department.  All services of the Fire District will continue as they always have in the meantime and are not affected by this news.

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