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Former fire chief left without ride home
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Fired without warning or explanation and then escorted off city property, former McMinnville Fire Chief Kevin Lawrence believes the city was heartless in the way he was terminated.Lawrence even had to catch a ride since his city car was taken away leaving him no way to get home.“I was at the human resources office and city administrator David Rutherford walks in and hands me some papers and says that my services are no longer needed by the city of McMinnville effective immediately,” said Lawrence during an interview at the office of his attorney, Michael Galligan. “I was stunned. I asked why and he said it was an at-will firing and then walked away.”Lawrence said he was then walked back to his office by a human resources employee where he was supervised as he picked up his private possessions.“I had been with the city for 25 years, eight months, with over 11 of those as chief,” said Lawrence, noting he was terminated without severance pay or even an explanation of why he was being let go.