Woodinville Fire Chief Davis resigns after eight years
by Jeff Switzer
Jim Davis, who has been fire chief of the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District for eight years, will be leaving the department as of Sept. 16. He was made an honorary citizen of the City of Woodinville at the City Council meeting Aug. 26.
Davis, who also served as assistant fire chief from 1982 to 1988, is reportedly looking into options at fire districts in Yakima and Oregon City.
As part of the employment termination agreement dated Aug. 19 and signed by Commissioners Don Leggett, Ben May, David Callon, and Don Eddy, who oversee the policy decisions of the Woodinville district, severance pay arrangements total $141,626.57, Davis' normal compensation rate through Mar. 15, 1998.
Davis also agreed to not accept employment in any capacity with the City of Woodinville until that date, as well. Davis' five-year contract would have expired Dec. 5, 1999.
The Woodinville City Council made Davis its third Honorary Citizen last week, expressing their gratitude for exemplary citizenship and citing his outstanding leadership in community affairs, his work to enhance the quality of life, and the ways in which he has made Woodinville a safer place to live and do business.
Previous honorary citizens of Woodinville include Frank Baker of the Sammamish Valley Grange and Maj. Jackson Beard of the King County Police.
Mayor Bob Miller told a story comparing the value of having one million friends or $1 million.
"Jim Davis is truly a rich man," he said. "I'm very pleased we could give this recognition."