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Chief Ellerbe’s proposals, like one to drastically realign paramedic coverage during overnight hours and another to change firefighters’ schedules from 24-hour to 12-hour shifts, languished as questions mounted politically and operationally about their effectiveness. The plans are unlikely to be reconsidered any time soon, Mr. Wells said.

“That needs to be put on hold until there is a new permanent chief and a new day between labor and management,” Mr. Wells said.

Mr. Smith said the union is happy to work with Chief Jones but that members are advocating for a national search for a permanent replacement.

“It’s a shame that it’s ended this way, but I’m glad this is over,” Mr. Smith said of Chief Ellerbe’s announcement. “There’s a lot of work to be done to fix the department.”