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Three-year dispute with Augusta ambulance provider hits turning point

...1.3 million annual subsidy.After former Fire Chief Howard Willis was pressured into retirement, however, interim Fire Chief Chris James presented a strategic proposal in early 2012 to "add the service of emergency medical transport" to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-08-29/three-year-dispute-augus
Ex-Fire Chief Howard Willis dies

...Chronicle interview.Willis was serving as the Emer gency Management Agen cy director when he was chosen to serve as interim fire chief after Chief Al Gillespie resigned. Later that year, Willis was officially sworn in to the top post.Willis stepped...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-06-22/ex-fire-chief-howard-willis-
Rants & Raves

...amphitheater? How often will they be scheduled? Who knows? The check's been signed and deposited by someone. Who? INTERIM FIRE CHIEF Chris James has spent his career here in Augusta. He knows the bad, the good and the ugly and has not shied away...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2011-12-22/rants-amp-raves
The year in review: Augusta fire department still recovering from rocky year

...south-central and south-rural.The search for a new chief has been narrowed to three candidates, including Interim Fire Chief Chris James. City Administrator Fred Russell said the finalists will be interviewed in January, and a decision...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2011-12-28/year-review-augusta-fire
Russell recommends James for Augusta fire chief

It's official. City Administrator Fred Russell is recommending that the Augusta Commission hire Interim Fire Chief Chris James as fire chief.In a statement, Russell said James "has worked hard over the last few months, and in interviews...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2012-01-19/russell-recommendeds-jam
Augusta Commission expected to vote on fire chief

Augusta's interim fire chief for nearly four months might have the job permanently Monday if he receives six commission votes."I'm just waiting to see...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2012-01-29/augusta-commission-expec
Chris James sworn in as fire chief

...of my proudest selections," City Administrator Fred Russell said of James' hiring.James, who served as the interim fire chief after Chief Howard Willis and three other top department administrators retired under pressure in September, entertained...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2012-02-13/chris-james-sworn-fire-c
Many officials sound a lot like Scrooge

...simple majority instead of six votes. And then, there's the controversy over Mr. Cheek's proposal to make interim Fire Chief Howard Willis permanent chief. - Metro Courier newspaper publisher Barbara Gordon filed a police report against...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/12/18/cit_33813.shtml
City Ink | Deke Copenhaver | Augusta-Richmond County Commission | Augusta State University | Paine College
Racial rancor marks meeting

...Andy Cheek was one of several issues that ignited tempers. The resolution opens the door for the appointment of interim Fire Chief Howard "Bubba" Willis to the permanent position. Chief Willis does not have the required four-year college degree...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/12/06/met_29631.shtml
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Car lot land is meant to train

...build the training center; about $2 million will go to replace the fire station, the city administrator said. Interim Fire Chief Howard Willis said the city, which used about $720,000 from previous special-tax revenue to purchase the property...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/12/02/met_28232.shtml
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