Boney not reinstated as Biloxi fire chief after city council vote

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 2:56 PM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The Biloxi City Council has voted 4-3 not to reinstate Joe Boney as the fire chief.

Boney had previously announced he had plans to retire from the position by the end of this year after rumblings came out of City Hall around the future of Boney’s job with the city and the fire department.

Boney, who has served as fire chief for the last eight years, submitted his letter of intent to the mayor on July 6 before addressing the city council with his decision, saying he would stay on to ensure a smooth transition.

Boney chose not to talk to the media after the 4-3 vote ending his eight years as Biloxi Fire Chief. He agreed to talk with WLOX News on the phone shortly after the meeting ended.

During the conversation, Boney said he didn’t know if he would have six months left to serve as Biloxi fire chief or three months. The council’s 4-3 vote means his eight years as fire chief end in 90 days.

“Now we’ve got a clear path, we can move forward,” the chief said.

Will he be at work tomorrow? “Oh absolutely,” said Boney. “I’m going to come to work and I’m going to do my job until my retirement is finalized and I’m ready to go.”

Boney said he’ll work with Mayor Andrew “Fofo” Gilich to help him with the transition. The mayor has 90 days to appoint another nominee to run the fire department. Boney’s goal is to leave the department in a better situation than he got it.

“I would like to stay until I get all of my retirement worked out,” Chief Boney said. “I’m going to be here tomorrow. I’m going to be here the next day.”

Will he be around for the full 90 days? “I’m going to let the mayor answer that. I think that’s his decision,” Boney said.

The city council passed all other appointments for city department heads unanimously.

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