Suspended Kingsville Fire Chief To Officially Retire

Amidst several sexual assault allegations, suspended Kingsville Fire Chief Bob Kissner is retiring at the end of the month.

Mayor Nelson Santos says Kissner informed the town about his decision earlier this week.

"We're basically putting all the paper work together that's required for the retirement from the corporation and again taking effect at the end of the month.  We'll be able to move forward with providing a firefighting department with all the resources that they need," says Santos.

The town is now in the process of hiring a full time fire chief.  Santos hopes to have the position filled by mid-April.

Jeff Dean has been acting fire chief since December.

Earlier this week provincial police laid an additional five charges of sexual assault, relating to three more people who have come forward alleging incidents took place between 2002 and 2016.

That brings the number of charges Kissner faces to 15. He returns to court at the beginning of March.

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Kingsville Fire Chief Bob Kissner leaving court after being granted bail, December 12, 2016 (Photo by AM800's Peter Langille)