Firefighter resigns

FLINT TWP. — Unresolved complaints in the township fire department have led to the resignation of a long-time on-call firefighter.

A letter of resignation on behalf of Kimberly A. Ratliff was submitted to the township board at its Monday night meeting.

In her statement, Ratliff cited displeasure with management and concerns for her personal safety.

“I have happily served the community for 20 years and regret to make this decision as I have many years more that I would like to serve,’’ Ratliff wrote.

“Unfortunately, the poor leadership, disorganization and erratic behavior as well as actions of the Fire Chief, has forced me to reconsider my commitment to our fine citizens. I have to consider my family’s welfare and the high risk and potential tragic outcomes that I feel has become all too commonplace on emergency scenes.’’

Ratliff concluded by hoping that her resignation would “stir the board to consider the morale, safety and well being of a wonderful full-time and on-call fire staff.’’

The board accepted the resignation with regret and no further comment. Fire Chief John Ringwelski was also present but did not comment. — Rhonda Sanders

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