I think a Chief's officers should do some of the things a Chief does, however, I have a Lt. who is also our president. He has the belief that he should be privy to everything that goes on. He does not need to know that. The president is over finances and committees. An Lt. is a low ranking officer. Why should either position know everything a Chief says or does? He doesn't, is my answer to the question.I guarantee anyone here that a Lt. on their dept. isn't kept in the loop on every little thing that comes up. When I decided to promote a Captain, the Lt. was angry because he didnt have a say in it. Why would he? The captain is above him.
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01-18-2007, 08:32 AM #21
J.J. Bichard, Chief
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Devola Vol. Fire Co.
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01-22-2007, 03:07 AM #22
I think the only "say" he wanted was to tell you to pick him instead of the other person.
Now with that said:
A chief should not have to tell everyone what is going on in the department, but there should be no "secrets" in the department either. It is good for the members of your department to understand how choices are made. This will in turn build "their" leadership skills.
If there were two or more Lt.'s in line for a promotion, it would be good to know the reasoning behind your choice. I am not saying that the others had to agree with your reasoning, but in knowing it, it would help them prepare for the next promotion.
My people skills are not the best in the world, so I get into trouble on certain occasions because of something I have said or done. But as long as I open up to the other members and explain where I am coming from, the damage is minimal.
What I am trying to say is "a happy house is a more productive house". It may take a little more effort, but well worth it.
Last edited by THEFIRENUT; 01-22-2007 at 03:25 AM.Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)
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02-09-2007, 10:51 PM #23
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