Fire Chief Arrested Following Fight With Mayor

Fire Chief Arrested Following Fight With Mayor

Fire Chief Arrested Following Fight With Mayor

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20 firefighters have walked off the job leaving their gear behind following Tuesday night's brawl inside McIntosh Town Hall.

An ongoing dispute between Mayor Wilbert Dixon and Fire Chief Robert Davidson quickly escalated during the town's monthly council meeting. A fight broke out between the two, sending Davidson to the hospital.

"He's doing okay, but he's not doing okay emotionally. He's very down this is part of his family, this is a part of his life," said his daughter, Samantha.

After serving 13 years as fire chief, Davidson was let go following the fight. The mayor signed a warrant for his arrest this morning Davidson turned himself in to authorities. He bonded out just after 1 p.m. Thursday. His family insists he's the victim, not the suspect.

"I mean 13 years as a chief, not as a member but a chief, that's just what I don't understand. How can you get rid of somebody with that much dedication and that much service," said Samantha.

Those who know Mayor Dixon and Chief Davidson tell News 5 while they're not sure what started the argument, it's no secret that they didn't get along.

"You're never surprised anymore at what you hear and what comes about, but yeah it's unusual," said Chief Deputy Ferrell Grimes with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Town Hall surveillance video captured the entire ordeal on camera according to authorities, but that won't be released until the case goes to court on June 24th.

Mayor Dixon declined comment on Thursday.

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