Ada fire chief under investigation, on leave

David Murray placed on paid administrative leave one week ago

David Murray, Ada Township fire chief
A file photo of Ada Township Fire Chief David Murray.

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ada Township’s fire chief has been removed from his post for now amid an ongoing investigation by the township.

Chief David Murray was placed on paid administrative leave last week, Ada Township Supervisor George Haga confirmed to 24 Hour News 8.

Haga declined to give details about the nature of the investigation, but said the probe was being conducted by township attorney Peter Peterson. Reached Monday evening, Peterson declined to comment.

With Murray on leave, the township has brought his predecessor, Jim DuVall, out of retirement to fill in. Murray is still being paid, so the township is now paying two people for the fire department’s top position.

DuVall said he did not know the details surrounding Murray’s situation but spoke only praise of the man who worked under him as a lieutenant before being promoted to chief two years ago.

When asked by 24 Hour News 8 if the allegations under investigation were criminal in nature, Haga wouldn’t say. He said the township had not brought in law enforcement because Peterson was handling the case.

24 Hour News 8 reached most of the members of the Ada Township board Monday. Those reached said they were aware of the investigation but not given details.

“I wasn’t told what the reason was,” Trustee Catherine Jacobs said. “I have no idea.”

No one answered the door at Murray’s home when a 24 Hour News 8 reporter stopped by twice Monday. A voice mail and text message left on his cellphone Monday evening were not returned as of Monday night.

24 Hour News 8 will follow the investigation and report updates as they become available.