The Iowa State Fire Marshal, Ray Reynolds has stepped aside after requesting a reassignment.
Reynolds cited personal and family issues.
“I have always stressed to our employees how important family is,” Reynolds said in a release. “Now it is time I take my own advice and put my family first.”
The move comes after Channel 13 reported that Des Moines firefighters were demanding an apology for an “insulting’ article that Reynolds wrote in a recent firefighter trade magazine.
“It’s our city. We’re proud to be a part of that city, and we’re proud to serve those citizens. To imply that we’re not is, again, downright insulting,” Des Moines Firefighters Union president, Travis Hurley said.
His fellow members were upset over a column in July’s issue of The Iowa Firefighter.
State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds wrote a column where he called-out paid firefighters for not volunteering their time on the weekend to install smoke detectors.
Reynolds wrote, “You care so little about your community and the reputation of being an Iowa firefighter that you actually have to get paid to do what is right.”
The president of Des Moines` Association of Professional Firefighters wrote a letter to Reynolds` boss demanding a written apology and a retraction in that magazine.
On Thursday afternoon, Commissioner Larry Noble visited with the union`s vice president, Travis Hurley.
Hurley said Noble assured him that the situation has been resolved. Several hours later, Reynolds was granted a reassignment to become special agent in charge of the State Building Code and Inspection Unit.
Reynolds was appointed State Fire Marshall in 2010.