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Merging of Gardiner Fire and Police Chiefs Nixed

| February 25, 2014

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GARDINER, Maine (AP) – The city manager in Gardiner is dropping his proposal to merge the city’s fire and police chief positions.

The Kennebec Journal reports that city manager Scott Morelli plans to withdraw his proposal Wednesday and offer an alternative plan to cut costs.

He originally proposed saving nearly $28,000 by combining the two jobs into one public safety position and creating a joint deputy fire chief and code enforcement officer position.

The city is expected to face a nearly $600,000 budget shortfall in the next fiscal year. Morelli declined to give details of new proposal but said it would still accomplish the goals of saving money from both the city’s general fund and its ambulance budget.

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