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Biggs did not comment on her decision Tuesday, but she did appear at the Combined Communications Partnership board meeting, where she serves as president.

It was Biggs’ choice to step down, York says

FORT WAYNE – While addressing rumors that have been swirling around her resignation, Fort Wayne Public Safety Director Rusty York said the decision for Fire Chief Amy Biggs to step down was entirely her own.

“Obviously, the position of police or fire chief is a stressful, 24/7 job,” York said. “It’s a big decision in anyone’s career. It’s her decision and we respect that.”

Biggs turned in her letter of resignation to Mayor Tom Henry on Monday.

Come June 1, what will then be Biggs’ two-year tenure at the helm of the fire department will come to an end.

Biggs did not comment on her decision Tuesday, but she did appear at the Combined Communications Partnership board meeting, where she serves as president.

York brought up news reports saying that Biggs and city controller Pat Roller were at odds, and called that false.

“That was not the case,” York said. “I think any time you have a change like this, you’re going to have a lot of speculation, and almost always it’s just that: speculation.”

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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