Smyrna fire chief resigns in wake of internal probe
by Nikki Wiley
September 12, 2013 12:35 AM | 5009 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Smyrna Fire Chief Jason Lanyon - Photo from the City of Smyrna website
Smyrna Fire Chief Jason Lanyon - Photo from the City of Smyrna website
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SMYRNA — Longtime Fire Chief Jason Lanyon has resigned amid an internal investigation.

The city opened an investigation on Lanyon following “rumors” that city policies had been broken, said City Administrator Eric Taylor.

Taylor would not say what kind of policies were being investigated, but said the investigation started a few weeks ago.

“It wasn’t a forced resignation or anything like that,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the investigation is focused solely on Lanyon.

Smyrna Police Department officials deferred questions about the nature of the investigation to Taylor.

Lanyon turned in his letter of resignation Monday, which said he was leaving the department voluntarily.

“I have enjoyed my time with the city of Smyrna serving beside the men and women of the fire department, and it has been an honor to serve the citizens of Smyrna,” Lanyon wrote.

An open records request submitted by the MDJ found no blemishes on Lanyon’s personnel record.

He’s been employed by the Smyrna Fire Department since June 10, 1996. He became acting fire chief on Feb. 2, 2004, and was promoted to fire chief in July of that year.

Taylor said the city plans to launch a search for a new fire chief, but deputy fire chief Ron Acree has stepped up in the meantime to serve as acting fire chief and acting emergency management agency director, a position Lanyon also held.

Acree has been with the city since October 1990 and was promoted to deputy fire chief in February 2009.

Lanyon did not return phone messages left at a number listed under his name. The number was associated with a Woodstock address.

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Outrage
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October 07, 2013
The real outrage is that he's living in Woodstock. City workers should live in the city.
Just Wait
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September 12, 2013
I have no idea what is going on, but people don't resign during an investigation unless something's wrong.
Fire Insider
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September 12, 2013
He did not resign on his own. He was told, quit or be fired.

He was at a party and made advances towards another firefighters wive, and drove his city vehicle to a private party.

That is behavior unbecoming.
Fire outsider
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September 16, 2013
He did not drive his city vehicle and I wouldn't charectierize it as advances toward another fire fighters wife, maybe just a bad decision to act like one of the guys. The folks at SFD have plenty of skeletons in their own, and plenty of them had made those same or similar decisions. And, before you comment, I've seen plenty of them first hand over the last 30 years in and out of the fire house. But the brotherhood protected them, just not Mr. Lanyon this time around.
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