Suspended Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis to retire on Friday after records audit

CLEVELAND - Weeks after being suspended from duty, Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis will retire.

On Wednesday, the city of Cleveland announced McGinnis' retirement will take effect on Friday. Assistant Fire chief Patrick Kelly, who has already been acting chief, will serve as the interim chief.

McGinnis had been assigned to non-supervisory duties earlier this month after city officials said he failed to meet the minimum hours for EMT training. He only had 22 hours between 2009 and 2013, when the state of Ohio requires 40.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson ordered an internal audit of all Cleveland Division of Fire personnel training records as a result. This is just one of several audits into the division of fire recently. Others examined payroll and shift trading, which resulted in 13 firefighters being indicted.

McGinnis was reprimanded in July after a firefighter said the chief threatened to stab him for a dress code violation. Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask said McGinnis violated two civil service rules for conduct and language.

McGinnis has been a Cleveland firefighters for 27 years, the city said. He was sworn in as chief in January.

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