Laurel fire chief retires after allegations of improper conduct

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel Fire Chief Jimmy Bunch suddenly and surprisingly retired from the city Thursday afternoon.

Chief Bunch is stepping down but officials are not offering many details. Bunch's letter of retirement came after a 2:00 meeting held at city hall Thursday afternoon with several other firefighters in attendance.

Bunch has been with Laurel fire department for 35 years. He was sworn in just last October.

City officials are saying very little about Bunch's departure; however, there are several allegations of improper conduct.

Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack said, "This is strictly a personnel matter."

Mayor Mack would not confirm nor deny any of the allegations.

Chief Bunch is on administrative leave with pay. He will official retire on November 13th.

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