Robert Larson has submitted his resignation as Harbor Rural Fire Protection District chief effective Aug. 31.
At the same time, Larson reportedly has filed an intent to sue the district.
In court documents reviewed by The Pilot, Larson stated in a letter addressed to the Harbor rural fire district’s board chairman, Sam Alaimo:
“The current makeup of the HRFPD Board, with its two new board members, has unfairly undermined my authority and my effectiveness to do my job as Harbor Fire Chief. At this time, I believe that the health and safety of the Harbor Fire District’s residents is at risk. Therefore, I am tendering my resignation effective August 31, 2019.”
Larson’s resignation follows on the heels of a petition submitted earlier this month to the district board, signed by all but one of the active volunteer firefighters, which indicated no confidence in his ability as chief.
That petition was presented prior to the fire district’s Aug. 14 board meeting.
The board is scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
The Pilot requested a statement from the Harbor fire board regarding Larson’s resignation and his pending lawsuit. No response had been received as of press time.