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Stevensville mayor asked to resign position as volunteer firefighter

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STEVENSVILLE - The Stevensville Town Council has demanded new Mayor Brandon Dewey to step down from his job with the fire department, saying it's a conflict of interest for him to be both "supervisor" and "employee".

The council leveled the demand at Monday's meeting, weeks after pressing him to step aside as the fire department's administrative assistant and volunteer firefighter. Dewey took over as Stevensville mayor on Jan. 1.

The council maintains allowing Dewey to serve as both an "employee" of the fire department, and as mayor having a supervisory role, created "incompatible positions". 

Despite appeals of support, including an emotional statement from Fire Chief Jeff Motley, the council voted unanimously to ask for Mayor Dewey's resignation as a firefighter.

"He will be sorely missed by the department. It really does put us in a bit of a bind. I appreciate and am very thankful we've had his support and his service," Motley said.

"And when Mayor Dewey takes his suit off as mayor and goes over to the next office and then Jeff Motley becomes Mayor Dewey's boss. And I know that sounds funky but it's the law," councilor Bob Michalson said.

The council was going to give Dewey a day to respond, but he immediately submitted his resignation from the fire department, saying even though the request felt like a "personal attack" he would comply. 

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