Howard Myers is no longer the chief of the Swanton Fire Department.
A release from the village on Friday said: “Today, the Village of Swanton and Howard Myers reached an agreement whereby Mr. Myers agrees to be separated from all employment with the Village.”
Myers had been suspended 15 days with pay at the April 25 council meeting. At the May 9 council meeting, the suspension was extended until May 23.
Leading to the suspension were nine charges filed with Swanton Village Council by Mayor Ann Roth that included having a romantic relationship with an employee under his supervision and showing preferential treatment to that employee. The name of the employee was redacted in the document supplied to the Enterprise.
The other charges included:
• Allowing an employee to perform administrative functions and allowing her to make preferential schedules for herself .
• Failure to discipline the employee for said scheduling; allowing an employee to insert an interosseous needle in a member and failing to discipline her for the same.
• Failure to properly administer the duties of fire chief including issues with scheduling, purchasing, favoritism, lack of standard operating procedures, and guidelines; budget, payroll and overtime issues; and failing to properly address these matters in a timely manner after repeated warnings .
• Fire scenes are operated in an unprofessional and unsafe manner.
• Loss of control over the fire department and creating major dissension in the fire department .
• Engaging in inappropriate actions on the premises of the Swanton Fire Department.
• Misrepresenting the ongoing relationship when inquiries were made as to the same.
No further comments were given by village officials.
Deputy Chief Gary Roytek is handling the chief duties until a permanent chief is selected.