“We just decided to go separate ways,” Crockery Township Supervisor Leon Stille said. “We want our department to go in a different direction.”
Stille would not say what that direction would be, other than current Deputy Fire Chief John Kriger would determine it.
When asked the reason for the separation, Stille replied: “We are not interested in battering anybody. We are not interested in creating an issue.”
Stille said the Crockery Township Board held a special meeting Monday night and voted 4-0 “to take the fire department in a different direction.”
Clerk Kathy Buchanan was on vacation and absent from the meeting.
Officials met with Dreyer on Tuesday. The fire chief supervised his department at a small fire at Magnum Coffee early that afternoon. He was absent when the department assisted Spring Lake Township at a mobile home fire a couple hours later.
Dreyer admitted being surprised by the decision, but would make no further comment Thursday afternoon.
Dreyer has been fire chief since 2004, replacing former longtime chief Joel Sheridan.
Stille noted that Dreyer was responsible for obtaining several grants for equipment and training since his hire.
“We are very thankful for his skills in that area,” Stille said.
The township’s insurance rating for fire protection has also improved, meaning homeowners’ insurance rates are lower.