Reading Fire Chief Surprises Mayor With Immediate Resignation

In a surprise move Monday, city Fire Chief David W. Hollinger resigned for personal reasons after a little more than a year on the job.

Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer said the chief came back from vacation to hand him the resignation, which was effective immediately.  Spencer said he accepted it with regret and wishes Hollinger well.

“I’ve been making it clear: I did not ask for his resignation,” Spencer said. “I was surprised.  I believe he was doing a good job.”

Hollinger, 53, could not be reached for comment.  He and the firefighters union had battled over several issues, but it’s not known if that had any role in his resignation.

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