City council discusses new fire chief and domestic violence awareness

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – It’s official. Chattanooga has a new Fire Chief. The Chattanooga city council met tonight, and tackled a number of different issues…from Domestic Violence…to the new Fire Chief.

The meeting began very warm with an emotional welcome and farewell to two men who have put in a great deal of time with the fire department.

It then shifted to some citizens concerns, and ended with a powerful message from a domestic violence survivor. She gave the council a bit of homework.

The council has declared this month Domestic​ ​Violence​ ​Awareness​ ​Month​. ​

Councilwoman​ ​Carol​ ​Berz opened up the meeting reading the proclamation, but not alone. She was surrounded by police, fire, and victim services officials to show the community that this is something they tackle together.

“Churches are not doing what they can to do because I first went to my church and my pastor said he didn’t know how to talk to me about domestic violence. I was there with two black eyes, a broken nose, ok… but he didn’t know how to talk to me about domestic violence. ”

Wynita, who is affectionately know as Dr. J, says each council person needs to find a religious leader in their community that will step up and make themselves available to domestic violence survivors.

Just one day after the Mayor nominated him, Phillip Hymen is officially Chattanooga’s new fire chief.

“You probably know better than anybody the size boots, uniform, and helmet that you are being tasked to fill and I truly can not think of anybody better to step up and fill that for us here in the city.”

After the emotional send off, the council moved on to planning where concerned residents voiced their disapproval with a road that is in a plan for a Residential Development. It will run onto Hixson pike between Old Town Lane and Van Buren Street .

Jeffery Gefter says this isn’t in the best interest of the community.

“I spent a lifetime as an oncologist and I can’t just sit here and let progress get in the way of public safety.”

Mr. Gefney says that 8 fatal accidents have happened in that area. His daughter was also in one that ended with a totaled car.

Councilmen Ledford says he’s going to do what he can to make sure citizens concerns are heard and we’ll be sure to bring you updates as they continue to work on finalizing that development.

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