Reports Released In Case Against Former Fire Chief

Published by The Bee News

June 5, 2018

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BULLHEAD CITY–The report findings against former Bullhead City Fire Chief Rick Southey have been released following a public request Tuesday by The Bee.

Last Friday, the fire district board announced the report found no fault against Southey.

A probe against Southey and alleged reports of mismanagement began in December of last year after former Assistant Fire Chief Doug Stevens tendered his resignation during the monthly board meeting. Stevens alleged his boss, Southey, had been placing the lives of firefighters in danger and the department was suffering from negligent management practices.

Southey was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which was conducted by a firm out of Prescott, Arizona.

In May, the fire board allowed Southey to preview the investigation documents prior to the board concluding no wrongdoing.

Southey handed in his retirement letter during the Friday board meeting, which was effective immediately.

Read the full reports by clicking on these links:

Investigation Report:
Supplemental Report:

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