Politics Trumping Public Safety Too Often?

  Government entities go through in-depth selection processes to hire those they believe will best serve as fire chief, police chief or public safety director. Candidates are judged on many factors, including background, decision-making...


  Government entities go through in-depth selection processes to hire those they believe will best serve as fire chief, police chief or public safety director. Candidates are judged on many factors, including background, decision-making, integrity, management skills, the ability to...


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Politics is a part of almost everything that happens in our society, and that is reality. With that said, politics should not be allowed to trump important decisions that are of great concern to the very public safety professionals who are hired to advise elected officials and protect their constituents.

DENNIS COMPTON, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a well-known speaker and the author of several books, including his new Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts and Tools. He has also authored the When in Doubt, Lead! series and Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers. Compton was the fire chief in Mesa, AZ, for five years and as assistant fire chief in Phoenix, AZ, where he served for 27 years. Compton is past chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and past chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Committee. He is currently chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of Safe Kids Worldwide.