I'd like to hear from any volunteer departments who have made the transition to appointed officers. How was it done, did it go smoothly and are you better off because of it?
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12-18-2000, 10:56 PM #1Ten8_Ten19Firehouse.com Guest
Transition from elected to appointed officers
12-19-2000, 09:05 PM #2Chief79Firehouse.com Guest
Our department went to appointed Officers a few years back. Our department was informed the city intended to take a more active role in how we operated. We were offered the chance to assist the city council in writing the policies and procedures to govern our department. One of the first changes made was to allow the Mayor to appoint the Fire Chief, the council would affirm the appointment, and then the Chief would appoint all Officers he/she deemed necessary for the operation of the department. There was a small amount of complaining but really not much. We had a hand im making that change so it helped ease the pain somewhat.
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