Dayton might rehire retiring fire chief

The city of Dayton is considering rehiring Dayton fire Chief Jeffrey Payne after he retires on Jan. 7.

Payne, a 29-year veteran of the city’s fire department, was sworn in as fire chief in February 2014.

The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday will vote on an ordinance that would reappoint Payne to the position.

The city can rehire retired employees to unclassified positions for up to two years. In 2013, the city rehired Deputy Chief of Police Robert Chabali to the same position after he retired.

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The ordinance commissioners will vote on says rehiring Payne is “essential to the operation and effectiveness of the Dayton Fire Department.” The ordinance says Payne is a uniquely qualified and effective member of the organization.

Prior to becoming fire chief, Payne had served as assistant chief of emergency services. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1996 and to captain in 2002.

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