Moore out as NACFD chief

Moore credited with turning aroud troubled fire district amid shrinking budgets

Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Chief Patrick Moore.

Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Chief Patrick Moore.

KINGMAN – It’s the end of an era at Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District.

Fire Chief Pat Moore announced his resignation during a special meeting by the NACFD governing board Nov. 21.

“I believe the time has come for this organization be led by someone else,” he said. “I also concur that it’s probably time for me to personally and professionally do something different.

“At the end of the day I’m trying to do what’s in the best interest for this organization,” he said. “It’s probably the best route to go for everyone, including myself.”

The board unanimously decided to terminate Moore’s contract effective Dec. 30. He’ll receive a 60-day severance package. The board will choose between battalion chiefs Don Dallman, Tim King or Jason Scott as an interim fire chief at the Dec. 8 meeting.

They’ll also swear in new board member Sue Wilkin, who is replacing Erik Berg.

“I’m sorry to see Chief Moore go,” said meeting attendee Arland Berg. “He has done tremendous service to this fire district and this community.”

Berg was concerned the district – which was facing financial turmoil and high employee and board member turnover before Moore took charge – will once again go downhill without Moore’s leadership.

“I’m sorry to say there may be terrible consequences,” he said.

“Do not let this fire department fall apart.”

NACFD Fire Captain Brian Francis thanked Moore for his service and professionalism.

“I’ve watched the tax money go down by over half and what he’s done financially for this department, nobody could have done,” he said.

“I feel losing Chief Moore is going to be a huge loss for this department.”

Moore gave no specific reason for his resignation during the meeting and couldn’t be reached for comment.