Anacortes Fire Chief David A. Oliveri is no longer working for the City of Anacortes, the mayor confirmed Tuesday.
His last day was Oct. 31, following an administrative leave, Mayor Laurie Gere said.
Gere gave no specific reason for Oliveri’s leave or departure, but said it is her job as mayor to evaluate directors. “It became clear over time that the chief and I had a different vision for the direction of the department,” she said. “… Sometimes you get in a situation where it isn’t a good fit. It has nothing to do with the person’s integrity or abilities.”
While she would not elaborate on her differences with Oliveri, she said he was a good steward of finances and worked well with union officials.
Assistant Chief Jack Kennedy will be interim chief, and a search for a new chief will begin next year, she said.