Terminated Kingfisher fire chief exploring appeal

Randy Poindexter was fired Wednesday by the Kingfisher city manager.
by Matt Patterson Modified: September 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm •  Published: October 1, 2013

— Former Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter said he is exploring an appeal of what he thinks is a wrongful termination.

Poindexter said Monday he was in the process of meeting with his attorney to discuss the process. He posted a statement on his Facebook page thanking residents for their support.

“I've done nothing wrong, but that's about all I can say at this point,” Poindexter said.

Poindexter was fired Wednesday, city manager Dave Slezickey said.

Poindexter had been fire chief for six years and made a trip to Washington, D.C., to accept an award in 2010 for rescuing several people by helicopter from floodwaters in 2007, at one point hanging from the helicopter's skid.

Poindexter and the Oklahoma highway patrolman piloting the helicopter received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for public safety officers.

Slezickey said he could not comment on the reasons for Poindexter's termination because it was a personnel issue. The city manager has the authority to dismiss city employees, he said.

Poindexter does have the option to appeal his firing. Slezickey said his office had not received Poindexter's appeal.

Tony Stewart will serve as interim chief, Slezickey said.

“It hasn't affected the way the department is running,” Slezickey said.

Poindexter has received dozens of supportive comments from residents and friends on his Facebook page. Some have said they will make their feelings known at the next city council meeting. That meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16.

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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