Jasper finds unique solution to fire chief problem

Marion County
Marion County

JASPER, Tennessee (WDEF) – Jasper has seen considerable drama this year over leadership of the Volunteer Fire Department.

An Alderman who was fired as chief years ago had been hounding his replacement for years.

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Then in February, after an outside report critical of the department, the Alderman voted to fire chief Chris Rector in a split 3-2 decision.

Since then, the board has clashed over the department’s future.

This week, the Board approved a unique leadership for the Jasper volunteers.

Josh Huffstuddler and Ryan Meeks will serve as co-chiefs.

They offered to share the responsibility.

Huffstudler is a 15 year five veteran.

“We can’t undo the past. We can only move forward and that’s what we’re trying to do one step at a time.”

Meeks has served as a chief for two other departments in the county and also a police officer.

“I’m more of the administrative part of the leadership team. Right now, we’re looking at a number of things facing the department very soon not the least of which is the department’s ISO review. We’ve got a good start on some of the improvements that need to be implemented.”