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Logan fire chief quits for new job

8 of his workers resigned in July from department

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LOGAN — Fire Chief Paul Dextras, whose department has suffered a slew of staff resignations, is leaving to become fire chief for a Denver suburb.

Eight of the department's 36 full-time employees resigned last month to take positions along the Wasatch Front, citing pay differences and an uncomfortable work environment among reasons for leaving. Several former employees have threatened to file lawsuits against Dextras and the department.

"He knew he had his feet to the fire," former Logan firefighter John Arnold said.

But Dextras and Logan Mayor Doug Thompson said Wednesday's announcement has nothing to do with the department's problems.

"It took a lot of discussion and soul searching before we decided to take advantage of this opportunity," Dextras said. "It has always been part of my career plan — going on 28 years now — to move to a department like this."

Dextras will move on to the fire department in Ravada, which covers 38 square miles with 88 full-time firefighters and 116 volunteers. The Logan Fire Department has 44 staff members and its ambulance service covers more than 1,000 square miles, Dextras said.