Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo Shown the Door

Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo's last day on the job will be November 30.

There's currently no explanation from the City of Prescott as to why Fraijo's leaving.

Interestingly, a pair of newspapers broke the news on Friday afternoon, as Fraijo told Prescott's Daily Courier as well as the Arizona Republic that he didn't have a say in the matter, and was told that his time's up.

Strangely enough, three days later, the city issued a press release saying the city "was notified by Fire Chief Dan Fraijo on October 4 that he is leaving the City and his last official day will be November 15."


City Manager Craig McConnell told the Daily Courier last week that it was a "mutual agreement" between Fraijo and him. Fraijo reiterated there was not.

The Courier said the desire to replace Fraijo was "news to him." He's been the permanent fire chief for less than a year, after becoming the interim chief in 2012.

Obviously, Fraijo's role has been magnified since the death of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew that was attached to the municipal fire department, and the only hotshot crew to be attached to a municipal fire department.

The Arizona Republic suggested it might have something to do with a rift between city officials and the fire union.