UPDATED: Meeting Gets Loud After Shakeup In Belhaven As Fire Chief Replaced

It was a highly charged meeting involving the firing of one fire chief and the hiring of another.

Belhaven Fire Chief Derrick Myers was replaced by the former Washington Fire Chief Jimmy Davis on Tuesday.

One of WITN's reporters was told by the town manager to leave or
police may be involved.

WITN is investigating the matter. The town manager told WITN the
meeting was private.

The meeting became a venue for more than 30 active members of the Belhaven fire department to express concerns over the new decision.

The decision was made by Mayor Adam O'Neal, which Derrick Myers says he didn't see coming.

Jimmy Davis was the fire chief for the Washington Fire Department until he was let go this summer.

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Belhaven's mayor says they have replaced their current fire chief because the department has refused to work with the town.

Tuesday morning the town announced that former Washington fire-rescue chief Jimmy Davis has been named chief.

Davis was let go this summer in Washington after being placed on paid leave for a month. No explanation was ever given as to why he was removed as fire chief.

In a news release, Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neal says the town has made an effort to work with the fire department, "and continually been pushed away."

The news release says Davis will be paid $5,000 a month for a four-month period.

According to fire officials, Myers was paid $75 a month.

To read the entire news release, click on the link at the top of the story

O'Neal said the fire and rescue leadership had threatened to walk out over the location of the town's new fire station and they have said they will refuse to fight fires at certain properties in the town. The mayor said those are three story condos on Water Street.

O'Neal says town council voted to replace Chief Derrick Myers with Jimmy Davis.

WITN News is attempting to contact Myers about his dismissal and statements made by the mayor.

In March 2008, the town's police chief and the second in command were both fired. Afterward, most of Belhaven's police force left in protest.

That fired police chief, George Hayden, was later that year arrested on a murder charge from Onslow County that dated back to 1972.

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  • by Cindy Timmons Location: Greenville on May 29, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    I love to read stuff about Belhaven. I always get a good laugh at the comments. I wonder if everyone used their real names, would they still say the same things? Doubt it seriously. If you feel so strong about something don't be ashamed to put your name on it!
  • by nourbisness Location: belhaven on Apr 22, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    the fishers need to mind there own bisness and leave sta.84 alone. might be a good idea if they would move back to new york.
  • by BC Guy on Feb 1, 2010 at 04:08 AM
    If any firefighter threatened, suggested or even implied they would not respond to fires at certain addresses, then they should be fired immediately and banned from the profession for life. Why? Because they are NOT firefighters; they are just currently holding the position and title of firefighter. I am not saying the allegation of threatened refusal to respond is true; but if it is the town acted correctly. Also, learn people, these folks were elected, you better learn to work with them. The people spoke by voting and this is America; believe it or not they have something to do with town services. Yes, they should listen to firefighters' concerns, but the law decides where the decision rests.
  • by Unbelievable! Location: Pamlico County on Dec 14, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    OMG! Some of you folks posting on here are really amazing. Make up your minds.....first you attack a man cause you don't like his management style, then because he stepped on your toes because obviously you were doing something in your personal life that was affecting your job or the job of some of your co-workers and now your constantly make reference to the mans size. None of these complaints determine whether or not one can do his/her job effectively. Step forward and lets see what you look like, oh no, you won't do that because then you put yourself at risk for ridicule! Unbelievable! Get a life people!
  • by To professional firefighter Location: Pam. River on Dec 12, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    Now, thats funny. A well trained, and finely tuned dept. huh? How can you finely tune people, when you cannot see your feet due to something blocking the view.
  • by Professional Firefighter Location: Eastern NC on Dec 11, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    I have known Chief Jimmy Davis for several years. I taught many hours of Fire-Rescue training for him at Washington FD. He has been nothing but professional in any dealings with me. True he is sometimes harsh but sometimes thats what it takes to deal with the problems that arise when you are forced to deal with what is placed in your lap as the Chief of a Modern Day Fire/Rescue department. The diversity of the employees, the public officals, and the citizens are all issues that have to be dealt with day in and day out when in command. I don't know what nor do I care what went on at Washington FD. Based on what I know of Chief Davis, He will give Belhaven Fire, a good shakedown. Yeah, he is going to more than likely make somebody mad in the process, but in the end, you will see that you will have a finely tuned, well trained Fire & Rescue Department. I will be happy to lend a hand in helping Chief Davis with his endevors. My hat is off to you brother! Your ResQ Instructor
  • by anon on Dec 4, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    Dayquon is a fake poster.
  • by ???? Location: Williamston on Dec 4, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    To Dayquon... How old are you? I am thinking by your spelling and the fact that you can't complete a sentence that you are around 5 or maybe 6 years old. If you are older, you did not pay attention in class. LOL !!!!!
  • by PTB Location: Da River. on Dec 3, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    Reminds me of a song by the band Tesla. "There's a change in the scene if you know what I mean, good things are coming my way". Good luck BVFD. Remember, it can't rain all the time. Concerned emt,good post my brother!!
  • by concerned emt Location: county on Dec 3, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    let me just start by saying that some people on here have no clue about the fire service or ems. to the people that think paid is more professional then volunteer. there is more volunteers firefighter than their is paid. the both of them are professionals just the same. if half the people that were making comments on here would take the time to stop by the fire stations and speak they would find this out. these professional spend endless time training to help serve their communities. trust me cause i can speak from both sides of the fence as i am both paid and volunteer in the fire and ems services and we act know different paid or not you the same quality in both. also if the town of belhaven wanted to bring someone in to restructure the fire dept. they should have come to the dept which elects their chief and said we have some problems with communication where going to hire someone to mediate betwenn us to we get this resolved, but no they had to bring politics into it and throw mud.

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