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Mr. Ronny Fite

Wrong Ronny Fite?

Chief

Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Department
 
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Scott Beu, right, was allowed to ...
www.tricountyleader.com, 12 May 2011 [cached]
Scott Beu, right, was allowed to air his complaints before the WVFD board Monday, May 9. Listening to Beu were (l to r) Board Member Kyle Stephenson; Board President Darrell Crymes; WVFD Chief Ronny Fite; and WVFD Capt. John Hargis. Leader Staff Photo/Don Treul
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Listening to Beu were (l to r) Board Member Kyle Stephenson; Board President Darrell Crymes; WVFD Chief Ronny Fite; and WVFD Capt. John Hargis.
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Beu authored a petition calling for the election of department leadership, specifically replacing Chief Ronny Fite, Assistant Chief Darrell Crymes and J.L. Hayes, who holds an honorary position of Second Assistant Chief.
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Fite said Monday that a firefighter may remain on probation for a variety of reasons. A firefighter who signed Beu's petition, for example, decided to pursue a career as an emergency medical technician/paramedic and was unable to regularly attend the WVFD meetings, so he remains on probation.
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After Crymes addressed each of the points of contention in the petition, Fite asked for a show of hands of any of the WFVD firefighters who wished to have their names removed from the petition.
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One of the claims in Beu's petition was that after Fite resigned from his position as Whitehouse city manager in the fall of 2009, he started paying himself for the chief position before board members approved his salary of
$33,000. Minutes of meetings that were approved at Monday's meeting indicated that the WVFD board, not Fite, approved the chief's salary and effective hiring date.
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Kyle Stephenson, a member of the board, said the board originally discussed paying Fite instead for mileage used for WVFD business, but the department likely would not be able to afford the generally accepted amount paid for mileage and agreed to the one tank of fuel per month stipend instead.
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Some of the firefighters who said they were informed by the petition that Fite may have been in violation of the law regarding the assertions of him setting his own salary, said they were quite satisfied with the board's explanation Monday.
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The board, however, approved the minutes Monday and repeatedly informed Beu that the decision regarding Fite's salary and monthly fuel stipend was their decision, not Fite's, and that the decision was made before Fite was hired as chief.
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Additionally, Fite said firefighters who work at the WVFD receive frequent in-house training and have the option of attending additional training at Texas A&M University twice each year.
"We have a great training program, period," Fite said.
Fite said the department even paid for Beu to attend the firefighter's academy.
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Fite said Crymes spent countless hours volunteering his time without compensation helping with the new facilities.
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Fite, who has been working with the WVFD for 40 years, Crymes and many of the firefighters expressed shock that Beu was pressing to remove J.L. Hayes, who has been with the WVFD since 1957.
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After the board determined that the petition was not valid under the bylaws, Fite said WVFD firefighters have been and will continue to be able to approach him about any concern and problem. Additionally, he said if they do not agree with his opinion or decision, they also may approach any of the board members since, as he said, they are his bosses.
Regarding Beu assertions that the public lacks confidence in the WVFD leadership or regarding the WVFD responding to calls, Fite said Whitehouse has a quality fire department.
"They do not have to worry about the fire department responding to serve them," he said.
Whitehouse Fire Chief ...
www.tylerpaper.com [cached]
Whitehouse Fire Chief Ronny Fite said while the fire department is not opposed to the concept of a municipal department, he believes more thought and planning should be put into the idea.
He said the city doesn't own equipment, except for a 1987 pumper, which has a 30-year life span that is almost over.
It also owns the building next to City Park because it's on city property, he said.
The volunteer fire department owns everything else, he said, except one engine that is in the ESD's name but for firefighters' use. The station on Texas Highway 110 is also in ESD's name and for firefighter use.
"Obviously the (fire department) is under the opinion that we are better equipped to continue to provide fire protection to both the citizens of Whitehouse and residents outside in the rural areas as well. We have done so since 1957," Fite wrote in an email. "The city will face many challenges in creating a municipal fire department that more than likely will result in a tax increase for its citizens. ... More thought and planning needs to be put into this idea rather than rushing into things without a solid plan being in place, including what is all of the associated costs and how are they going to fund their municipal fire department."
On the contrary, city officials said the move to a municipal department would not require a tax increase for residents.
Fite also noted in the email that a steering committee, made up of city, fire department and ESD officials, was formed to look into the idea but only has met two times.
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Fite encouraged residents to attend tonight's meeting, saying "We value what our citizens have to say, and they need to be informed."
A new fire marshal could take ...
www.tylerpaper.com [cached]
A new fire marshal could take over in Whitehouse after Ronny Fite leaves the position at the end of the month.
Fite, who is volunteer fire department chief in Whitehouse along with his city fire marshal duties, received a termination letter this week from Whitehouse City Manager Mike Peterson.
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Fite's services as fire marshal will be terminated effective Jan. 31. He will remain fire chief, a position he has held since 1993 and is separate from the city.
Fite said he received the letter a couple days ago, and it took him by surprise.
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"Ronny is fire marshal but also fire chief. His plate is full, and he and I talked months ago about finding someone else to do the fire marshal job," he said.
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Fite, who has inspected buildings such as schools and day cares, received $150 a month to help with fuel and other costs related to the fire marshal job.
Aside from the fire marshal position, Fite has served as emergency management coordinator. But he said he's notified the city that he will no longer be in that position effective Jan. 31.
Given changes being made to the fire marshal's office, he said he thought it was best to sever ties with the city completely. Fite also resigned from his position as Whitehouse city manager in fall 2009.
Fite said he does not want the city to dissolve the fire marshal's office, and he believes the fire marshal should be more involved with tasks such as inspections.
Not having a fire marshal also would make it harder to accomplish a better Insurance Service Office rating, which affects homeowners' insurance premiums, he said.
Still, Fite said he has no hard feelings toward the city if dissolving the fire marshal's office is the direction it decides to go.
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Ronny Fite
City of Whitehouse - Directory
www.whitehousetx.org, 5 Feb 2008 [cached]
Ronny Fite City Manager
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Ronny Fite
Fire Chief Ronny Fite is ...
www.tylerpaper.com [cached]
Fire Chief Ronny Fite is currently being investigated for financial irregularities in the fire department's budget, along with issues from when he worked for the city, Rust said in a news release. Other charges are pending.
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As Fire Chief, Fite worked for the City of Whitehouse as the Fire Marshal and City Manager before being terminated from those positions.
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