Ricky Boeker has confirmed his 16-year tenure as Brenham’s fire chief was abruptly ended on Wednesday.
The law firm representing Boeker, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP of Houston, informed KWHI that Boeker was “unilaterally terminated as fire chief” on Wednesday by the City of Brenham and City Manager James Fisher, who confirmed that Boeker was released from his position.
Boeker told KWHI that Fisher was accompanied by a city marshal when he was told to leave. Boeker said while he was not escorted from city property, he was instructed to leave his personal belongings, which would be packed up and sent to him. He said he was told to “leave your keys and ID on the desk and leave.”
Fisher also said Boeker was not escorted out, adding that Boeker’s office was “secured so that his personal items could be protected and packed.”
Boeker was initially informed on March 15th that the city would pursue early retirement options with him as it moves in a different direction with leadership. The settlement agreement previously being discussed between Boeker and the city had April 15th as Boeker's last day.
Boeker became Brenham’s volunteer fire chief in 2005 after joining the department in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter. He became the first paid fire chief for the department and the city in 2008, as well as the emergency management coordinator.
Boeker’s law firm says it “will be responding accordingly.”