Boise Fire Chief: 'The mayor is going to ask the council to fire me in a public meeting rather than let me retire'

Posted at 9:29 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 23:29:38-05

BOISE, Idaho — It appears there's some bad blood in the City of Boise's Mayor's office, and it comes after a series of mysterious announcements involving longtime Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan.

It all started Monday when a Boise Fire spokesperson told 6 On Your Side that Doan would be placed on administrative leave, but provided no further comment.

Then, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced that Deputy Chief Romeo Gervais will serve as Acting Chief of the Boise Fire Department, while Doan is on leave.

Our partners at The Idaho Statesman caught up with him this morning when he announced he would be retiring at the end of May. This -- before another plot twist came out.

"I want to thank Mayor Bieter for appointing me Fire Chief, I loved working for him... and I just appreciate it so much. And today, I'm announcing my retirement. I want to set the record straight that putting me on administrative leave is not because I did anything wrong -- I was never told I did anything wrong," said Doan.

The story doesn't end there.

Shortly after the media conference, Doan took to Twitter, writing: