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The Davenport Fire Department will be under different leadership for an undetermined amount of time after Chief Lynn Washburn was placed on paid administrative leave.

Assistant Chief Jim Bickford confirmed that Washburn was placed on leave Monday, and he will being acting chief until City Administrator Corri Spiegel makes a decision regarding the position.

Neither Bickford nor Mayor Frank Klipsch would comment on the reason behind Washburn's removal from her post.

"This is a personnel matter and is being handled through the proper channels," Klipsch said. "The results will be shared after going through that process, but because this is a personnel matter, that's all that can be shared at this time."

Washburn was unavailable for comment.

Davenport Association of Professional Firefighters Local 17 President Ryan Hanghian issued a statement in response to the change in leadership.

"At this time Local 17 has been notified that Chief Washburn has been placed on Administrative Leave," Hanghian said. "Local 17 has not been given any further information as it pertains to the specifics of the situation."

Hanghian also said the union "has not cast a vote of no confidence or any other means."

Washburn was hired to lead the Davenport 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.

Bickford said Spiegel will meet with Washburn this week to discuss the position, but he also credited Washburn for her accomplishments during her tenure.

"Chief Washburn has done a lot during her years here," Bickford said.

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