Harrisburg fire chief resigns

Harrisburg fire chief resigns

HARRISBURG, Ore. --  The fire chief of Harrisburg has offered to resign after an investigation into inappropriate behavior at the office, KVAL News has learned.

Bob Bronson, a member of the Harrisburg Fire & Rescue Board, said the board received complaints about Scott Mitchell's "behavior and leadership" as early as March. He said a follow-up investigation by the Special Districts Association of Oregon found "substantial" evidence of inappropriate behavior.

Mitchell, who started as fire chief in 2000, announced on May 8 that he would resign, effective June 1.

After that announcement, Bronson said a female staff member stepped forward and filed a complaint against Mitchell. The Fire & Rescue Board suspended Mitchell with pay on May 17.

Leo Giles has been appointed interim fire chief while the board looks for a full-time hire.

KVAL News was unable to contact Mitchell Wednesday afternoon.