City of Kennewick says ‘leadership concerns’ preceded fire chief’s exit

The City of Kennewick has released a statement regarding the alleged termination of Kennewick Fire Chief Vince Beasley.

According to the statement, “City Manager Marie Mosley has been working with former Chief Beasley for an extended period of time on performance and leadership concerns.”

The city said they offered a retirement option but that no agreement was reached.

“Due to his actions, former Chief Beasley has effectively resigned his position as the Fire Chief for the City of Kennewick effective immediately,” the city said.

Beasley sent an e-mail to KAPP-KVEW and other news outlets Saturday night stating he’s “perplexed” by the situation and did not expect to be terminated, claiming he was fired earlier this month.

The former chief said he has no plans to retire and was told on Sept. 3 that he was going to be terminated.

Beasley added that he was given a separation agreement from the city, but said he refused to sign it. That’s when he claims he was banned from council meetings and placed on administrative leave.

KAPP-KVEW has reached out to both Vince Beasley and Marie Mosley for comment. Mosley referred KAPP-KVEW to the press release sent from the City of Kennewick.

Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg will be the interim Kennewick Fire Chief until the position is filled.

“The most important thing for our community to know is that they can have the upmost confidence that the dedicated and professional men and women of the Kennewick Fire Department will continue to serve with distinction during this leadership transition and the entire City of Kennewick team remains focused on providing exceptional customer service to our community,” the release said.

The City of Kennewick stated they’ll be looking for a new chief immediately with the West Fire Chiefs Association.