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Cleveland Fire Chief stepping down

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Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis (Source: City of Cleveland) Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis (Source: City of Cleveland)

Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis set to retire, effective Friday, August 16, 19 Action News' Scott Taylor was first to report. 

The trouble started for Chief McGinnis back in July.  While at roll call at Fire Station #10, he told firefighters if they didn't do what he wanted he'd stab them in the neck.

A number of firefighters didn't think he was kidding and filed complaints.   

The city launched an investigation.  The punishment was a verbal reprimand.

Just a couple of weeks later the Chief was back in trouble when it was discovered he had not kept up his own state licensing and certifications.

Because of that, McGinnis was assigned to non-supervisory, administrative duties at the Emergency Operations Center on August 1 while the Department of Public Safety conducted an internal review of McGinnis' training records and state-required certifications.

McGinnis was supposed to have a disciplinary hearing on August 19. He's set to retire three days before that hearing.

McGinnis has been a Cleveland Firefighter for 27 years.

The Civil Service Commission will review the process necessary for Mayor Jackson to appoint a new Chief of Fire.

In the meantime, Assistant Chief Patrick Kelly will serve as Interim Chief of Fire.

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