The Southeast Missourian reports Cape Girardeau fire chief Rick Ennis has been terminated for violating city policies.
He was fired following a complaint, and his removal was only a few days before he was due to retire.
Ennis had been a fire chief for 14 years.
Assistant fire chief Mark Hasheider is acting as the interim chief. The city is working to find a permanent replacement.
The fire chief earns between 78 thousand and 82 thousand dollars. That salary has the potential to grow to $119,000.