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Fire chief suspended but will keep job

POSTED: February 3, 2014 8:28 p.m.

Springfield Fire Chief Travis Zittrouer has been suspended for 15 days without pay, following his arrest last month for driving under the influence.


Zittrouer, who has been Springfield fire chief for two years, was arrested Jan. 18 in Chatham County on suspicion of drunken driving. City Manager Brett Bennett announced his penalty Friday.


“Travis made a very bad decision on the night he was arrested,” Bennett said. “He has expressed sincere remorse and regret during the last two weeks for that decision. However, this does not negate the fact that the decision was made that night.”


Zittrouer also received a 3 percent reduction in pay and must undergo counseling, with 12 sessions in 12 weeks. He also will be placed on probation for six months, including random drug and alcohol testing.


Just prior to his arrest, Zittrouer had been commended for his role in responding to the November tanker-pickup collision and explosion on Highway 17.


“Due to Mr. Zittrouer’s exemplary performance and exceptional skill set in providing fire and emergency services, I feel that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Springfield and Effingham County for him to remain the fire chief for the city of Springfield,” Bennett said.

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