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Richards resigns as Delafield fire chief

Longtime Town of Delafield Fire Chief Dean Richards is resigning, effective Dec. 31.

Richards said he has been "wrestling" with the decision to resign for some time and "I continue to wrestle with it at this moment."
 
A key moment in his decision making came after the Nov. 2 election in which town residents shot down a referendum by nine votes for a new $4 million firehouse off Golf Road.
 
"The referendum was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back," Richards said.
 
"I must be honest in reporting that the referendum and other factors surrounding our attempt to build a new Station 1 was quite simply the last straw for me," Richards wrote. "Based on recent meetings, I have had to acknowledge that we may have to go back to the drawing board and start a 10-year process with five design iterations all over again. Humbly, I admit that I simply don't have the energy to do this, and I would be a detriment to the process if I stayed around."
 
"...the failure to address Station 1's problems has just claimed its first casualty," he added.
 
Read more on this story in the Thursday Lake Country Reporter.

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