Statement - November 26, 2019
In light of recent concerns expressed by local residents and in order to provide the most current information to the community, the City of Winchester has issued the following statement:
Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief William Garrett has not been suspended or relieved of his duties and at no time has there been a change in Chief Garrett’s role at the City. After a previously planned vacation day (11/26/19), Chief Garrett will return to continue leading the men and women of the department on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
“I am fully supportive of the City’s objectives, mission and vision and I am committed to helping move the City forward,” stated Chief Garrett.
“We have an excellent senior leadership team that is dedicated to working together to accomplish the City’s strategic plan goals,” said City Manager Eden Freeman.
Statement - November 24, 2019
“I appreciate Chief Garrett’s willingness to share his honest thoughts on the proposed PTO change. We pride ourselves on having a collaborative, open and respectful internal and external dialogue. Anything less than that will not be tolerated from Winchester employees. We are considering all options as we work to bring a revised PTO proposal back for Council’s consideration on December 10 that addresses the needs of all City employees and not just one department. As far as Chief Garrett’s absence from the office on Friday (11/22/19) and Monday (11/25/19), it is a personnel matter unrelated to Chief Garrett’s comments on PTO at the Council meeting. As such, there will be no further comment as it is the City’s long-standing practice to not discuss personnel matters.” - City Manager Eden Freeman