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Berryhill Fire Protection District Board Votes to Put Fire Chief on Probation

Posted at 10:35 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 23:35:25-05

BERRYHILL, Okla. — The Berryhill Fire Department will keep its chief.

The Berryhill Fire Protection District Board voted to keep Chief Michael Hall on a probationary basis.

The board was in executive session for more than two hours discussing Chief Hall.

More than a dozen Berryhill residents spoke up in support of Chief Hall at Thursday night's meeting. The reason behind the meeting to potentially fire him wasn’t quite clear. When the public asked why Chief Hall was potentially being fired, the board said it was a personnel issue that wouldn't be made public.

When 2 Works for You asked Chief Hall what the meeting was about, he wasn’t really sure either.

“If they would tell me what I did, and give me an instance, that would be fine," Hall said. "But what happened is, I gave them a open meetings act violation and then tonight, this happens.”

Hall said three or more board members will meet at the fire station for coffee and discuss things about it, making it an open meetings violation. He also said members of the board have been arrested for open meetings violations. During the meeting, board member Frank Mason said he was not part of the discussions surrounding the reason for the meeting and wasn't sure what was going on either.

Hall is on probation until the end of the year and will have a review every two months.

The other members of the board did not wish to comment.

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