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  • Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Long-time deputy fire chief fired after closed-door session

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 6, came out of a closed-door session and voted to immediately terminate the employment of Deputy Fire Chief Dee Horttor. Commissioner Rick James made the motion, which received votes from the other two commissioners.

The decision came after commissioners met in executive session with Linn County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Randy Hegwald. No reason was given for the dismissal.

According to County Clerk David Lamb, Horttor has been full-time with the department since August 2010. Before that, Horttor had been a volunteer firefighter for many years.

Horttor had served as deputy chief under Hegwald’s predecessor Doug Barlet, who retired from the county fire chief’s post at the beginning of July.

Hegwald also told the Linn County Commissioners on Tuesday, September 6, that the main office number for the fire department and emergency management has been changed to 1-888-502-2008. The old number, (913) 352-6480 will stay in service until the information gets out to the public on the new number.

He said that switching to the county’s Internet phone service will save the county money.

Hegwald reported on the 19 incidents for the fire department for the past week. He said that 11 were medical assistance calls. These incidents bring the year total up to 377.

He also reported that there were 19 incidents over the course of the past week, 11 of which were medical assists, two brush and grass fire, two grass fires, one trash fire contained, one motor vehicle incident with injuries, one aircraft standby and one alarm system malfunction

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