Lynn Washburn is officially out as chief of the Davenport Fire Department.

Washburn's tenure ended Thursday, although the city of Davenport would not comment on whether she was fired or resigned.

In an email to Mayor Frank Klipsch, the City Council and members of the Davenport Fire Department, City Administrator Corri Spiegel confirmed that Assistant Chief Jim Bickford will become interim fire chief through a transitional period.

"I am confident that Chief Bickford and Chief (Mike) Hayman will lead your department with the partnership, dedication and commitment that we all know they have exhibited in their more than 30 years of working together at Davenport Fire," Spiegel wrote.

Washburn was unavailable for comment.

Davenport Association of Professional Firefighters Local 17 President Ryan Hanghian confirmed the development Friday.

After Spiegel placed Washburn on administrative leave Monday, the city would not comment as to the reason for the decision, citing "personnel matters."

Late Friday morning, Spiegel reminded council members that "the City does not discuss personnel matters and no further comment will be issued."

In the transition period, Spiegel wrote that assistant to the city administrator Mallory Merritt has been assigned to the fire department to provide administrative support.

Spiegel told members of the Fire Department that she, Bickford, Hayman and Merritt would visit each station over the coming months to "foster an open, honest and collaborative dialogue about the department's future." 

Washburn was hired as fire chief in 2011 after spending 29 years at the Rockford (Illinois) Fire Department.

Before arriving in Davenport, Washburn served as Rockford's deputy chief for four years. Washburn beat out 49 candidates, surviving three rounds of eliminations.

Washburn's removal marks the departure of yet another department head since Spiegel took over leadership of the city in June 2015. Former Police Chief Don Schaeffer, Public Works Director Mike Clarke and Chief Information Officer Rob Henry are no longer employed by the city.

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