Kent fire chief cleared in investigation and plans to retire

Kent Fire Chief Bill Myers remains on administrative leave after an investigation that has since been called off, city officials said, declining to state what was being investigated or why.

The city placed Myers on leave in March. Captain Jaime Samels has served as acting chief since then.

Myers “has been cleared, and there was no reason to continue with the investigation without any evidence of wrongdoing,” Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said, declining to indicate why Myers was being investigated in the first place.

Kent Law Director Hope Jones said Myers “was experiencing a personal challenge that caused us to cease the investigation. The chief is using approved time off. … He expects to retire at the end of the year.”

Jones also declined to reveal the nature of the investigation, which was conducted by a private firm she would not name.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.