MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- The head of Moline's fire department has quit over the city's plans to make cuts to his department.
Members of the Moline City Council considered options to make up for a $1.7 million deficit but ultimately decided not to raise property taxes, resulting in the loss of 12 Emergency Medical Services positions. Officials say they'll look for a private company to handle those services.
At Tuesday's meeting, Fire Chief Ron Miller announced his retirement, effective immediately.
Miller says the issue is one of public safety, and he says he couldn't live with himself as chief if he didn't stand up for what is right.
Union leader Brian Vyncke says he's shocked by the Miller's resignation and wants the city to find a way to save the jobs being lost.