FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced on Tuesday that Fort Wayne Fire Chief Amy Biggs has submitted her resignation. It will be effective June 1.
Biggs was sworn in as the city’s first female fire chief on July 2, 2012. On Monday, NewsChannel 15 learned from sources that Biggs was planning on stepping down. The sources said the resignation was prompted by “tensions” between Biggs and City Controller Pat Roller.
On Tuesday, Fort Wayne spokesman John Perlich and Fort Wayne Director of Public Safety Rusty York both said the report of “tensions” between Roller and Biggs was not true and was not the reason for Biggs’ resigning. They said the decision to step down was Biggs’ decision, and that they are not allowed to talk about personnel issues.
“We certainly do not stand by those accusations. We pride ourselves in having a leadership team that has similar goals that is committed to residents and businesses in our community and it is disappointing that something like that would be discussed. It’s certainly not true and we do not stand by that,” City of Fort Wayne spokesperson John Perlich said.
“Whenever there’s a change in leadership, there’s always a lot of speculation,” Fort Wayne Director of Public Safety Rusty York said, “I agree with John Perlich that this was a decision that Chief Biggs made. Being fire chief or police chief you know it’s a stressful 24/7 job and she has done an excellent job for two years and we honor her decision.”
The city sent out the following release on Tuesday on Biggs’ retirement:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced that Fire Chief Amy Biggs has submitted her resignation effective June 1.
The search for a new fire chief will begin immediately.
Biggs has served as Fire Chief since July 2012. She will remain with the Fort Wayne Fire Department returning to the rank of Captain. Biggs joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department as a firefighter in 1995. In 1999, she was promoted to Captain in the Fire Prevention Bureau and became Captain in the Operations Division in 2001, where she served for seven years, until being appointed to the position of Assistant Chief.
“I want to thank Amy for her service as Fire Chief. She’s a dedicated professional committed to protecting and serving our community,” said Mayor Henry. “I wish Amy well in her new position.”
“The experiences I’ve had during my tenure will truly be memorable for years to come,” said Fire Chief Biggs. “I stand proud to have represented the men and women of the Fort Wayne Fire Department as well as served the citizens of Fort Wayne. I look forward to my return to the Operations Division and the continued opportunity to make positive contributions in our community.”