Fire chief retires

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:14 PM

“We came to an agreement with him that included his retirement,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said.

Nuvill served 37 years with the Spring Lake Fire Department and most recently earned nearly $32,000 as a part-time fire chief. His retirement was effective Feb. 10, according to Gallagher.

Nuvill will now work as a consultant to the department on an as-needed basis for one year, Gallagher said. He will be paid $31,832.

Gallagher said he does not want to refer to the pay as a buyout.

“His compensation for consulting will be equal to his last year's pay,” Gallagher said. “If we have questions about things, he basically has said we can get in touch with him.”

Nuvill did not immediately return phone calls from the Tribune.

Gallagher said he and Nuvill had talked about the plan for a while.

“We offered the agreement to him and he accepted,” Gallagher said. “We had talked about it and felt this was the right time for a transition.”

The manager said there will be “short-term cost savings.”

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