Raywick appoints new fire chief

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Investigation into misuse of fire department funds is ongoing

By Stevie Lowery

The Raywick Fire Department elected Herman Riggs to be the new fire chief during a special meeting Monday evening.

Former Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm resigned last month.

According to Helm, who had been chief since 2004, his out-of-town job commitments caused him to be away from the community too much, which is why he decided to resign. However, Kevin Corbett, who was the acting chief until Monday evening, said the department and Helm had a "disagreement," which led to Helm's resignation.

Following Helm's resignation, the department began an internal investigation into possible misuse of funds, and that investigation is ongoing, according to Riggs. He said he couldn't comment on the investigation at this time.

Riggs, who is a member of the Marion County Rescue Squad and the New Hope Fire Department, said he believes he was elected chief because the department's members want someone they can trust.

"A lot of the members have lost trust," he said. "We're gaining their trust back first."

According to Riggs, he is going to help move the Raywick Fire Department forward.

"The department is gonna stay standing, and we're going to keep growing," he said. "We're going to move ahead. We want the community to keep supporting us. It will all work out."

In addition to Riggs being elected chief Monday evening, Gary Harris was elected lieutenant.