Ex-Iowa Fire Marshal to Leave Public Safety Agency

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By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Months after he was demoted amid controversy, former Iowa Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds is resigning from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Department spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright says Reynolds is resigning Feb. 21 to pursue other opportunities.

Reynolds had been with the department since 1996, starting as a fire inspector. He investigated fires, among other assignments, before he was named state fire marshal in 2010.

Reynolds got in hot water last summer after writing a column in a trade publication blasting Des Moines firefighters for refusing to volunteer their time to install smoke detectors. Union officials demanded an apology, saying the law prohibited them from working without payment.

Reynolds stepped down as fire marshal in September, becoming a special agent in charge of the State Building Code and Inspection Unit.

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