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Decatur firefighters want department vet interviewed for chief

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Lorenzo Jackson ranked second among candidates when the city promoted Darwin Clark. Lorenzo Jackson ranked second among candidates when the city promoted Darwin Clark.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur firefighters were not happy that the city did not plan to interview a longtime department veteran for the fire chief position. The Decatur City Council and Mayor Don Kyle had been set to interview three fire chief candidates Monday. One dropped out earlier in the week, then another from North Carolina told them he would not be there for the interview. The city council plans to make another short list for the job.

Decatur District Fire Chief Lorenzo Jackson, who has been with the department for twenty-seven years, did not make the list for an interview before. Several Decatur Fire and Rescue officials said they didn't understand why the top internal candidate for chief is not being interviewed, and that Jackson deserved consideration. However, now he could be added to the new list. City Council President Gary Hammon said he planned to recommend the city interview Jackson as they form the new list. He added the council is working to hire who they think is the best for the job, regardless of whether they're with Decatur Fire and Rescue or from outside of the department.

"If you're pleased with the direction everything is going in with the department, you would strongly consider staying internal. If you want to change some direction or bring some new ideas in, would you stay internal?" Hammon said.

Councilman Billy Jackson will not be a part of making the short list because he is Lorenzo Jackson's brother. In August 2012, after a nationwide search, Lorenzo Jackson ranked second among candidates when the city promoted Darwin Clark. Clark stepped down in September, and the city had been without a fire chief since.

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