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Oroville fire chief sacrifices his job to save the city money

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Jul 01 2013 01:46:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 01:48:34 PM CDT
Oroville fire chief loses job
OROVILLE, Calif. -

To help close a budget deficit of more than $2.8 million, Monday the Oroville City Council voted to eliminate the job of the city's fire chief.

Last month, Chief Charles Hurley surprised the council by proposing that his job be eliminated as a way to save the city money.
 
After making the proposal at a meeting on June 19, Hurley told KRCR News Channel 7 he was doing it for the good of his department.

"I did what I did because the people that work for me mean more to me than anything else," said Hurley.

Interim City Manager Peter Constantini handed every city department options for making necessary cuts of at least 18.1% of their budgets.    

Hurley said losing his job was better than the city laying off three fire engineers.

"If I guess you've got to take one for the team," said Hurley.

KRCR News Channel 7 reporter Tyler May was at Monday's meeting.  He'll have a full report on KRCR News Channel 7 starting at 5.