Flagler Beach city manager will help fill in as fire chief

By Annie Martin
Flagler-mgrFLAGLER BEACH — Flagler Beach is without a fire chief again, but City Manager Bruce Campbell said he and three firefighters will fill that role temporarily.
Former Acting Chief Robert “Bobby” Pace was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, one day after State Attorney R.J. Larizza’s office announced it will pursue misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges against Pace.
Campbell announced that former chief Robert “Robbie” Creal would serve in the interim, but the city manager said Creal called him over the weekend to tell him he couldn’t do the job because of health concerns. Creal couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.
The Flagler Beach City Commission decided earlier this month to eliminate the fire and police chief positions and replace them with “captains” who earn about 20 percent less, and Campbell said the city should advertise those openings soon.
Until the city hires a fire captain, Campbell said, he’ll handle administrative duties for the fire department and firefighters Stephen Cox, David Kennedy and Michael Snyder will supervise calls for each of the department’s three shifts.
“We should not miss a beat — everything is in place that was in place last Wednesday before all this happened with Acting Chief Pace,” Campbell said.
Pace is accused of falsifying community service hours for a probationer and destroying surveillance video supporting the claim. He served a three-day unpaid suspension stemming from the incidents, which occurred late last year.
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