Sudden Resignation of Bardstown Fire Chief a Mystery

Oct 24, 2017

Bardstown Fire Chief Charles "Randy" Walker
Credit Kentucky Standard

The Bardstown fire chief unexpectedly resigned Tuesday, creating a mystery for city officials.

Bardstown City Hall issued a statement that Fire Chief Charles “Randy” Walker turned in his resignation, along with his cell phone and other city-issued property, without any advance warning to the mayor or other officials.

The Kentucky Standard reports Walker’s resignation letter was in the mailbox of the city human resources director. Since there was no other phone number for Walker, the human resources director drove to the home of the fire chief to talk with him – but he had moved out.

City officials said the fire department was operating smoothly and the mayor was pleased with Walker’s performance.

Walker has been firefighter since 1979. He grew up in eastern Kentucky and was appointed fire chief in Bardstown in 2015, after serving as fire chief in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. Bardstown Assistant Fire Chief Charles Montgomery has been appointed interim chief, with the search for a new chief to begin immediately.