The Georgetown Fire chief has resigned following a public outcry from his fellow employees.
According to a post from the department’s Facebook page, Fire Chief Richard Bader resigned from his position at the request of the Georgetown Township Fire Protection District Board.
“The Board felt that a change in leadership of the fire department was necessary for the organization to move past recent controversy and focus on providing quality fire, rescue and emergency services,” said Board Chairman Michael Moody in a statement.
Bader’s resignation comes just a week after a letter was delivered to the board. The letter detailed allegations of micromanagement, mental and physical intimidation and violence. It was signed by 17 current staff members.
One employee even filed a police report after he said Bader assaulted him during a confrontation at the fire station in December. Several of the firefighters who signed the letter also attended a meeting regarding his workplace behavior.
“The board is taking steps to minimize distractions that might get in the way of the fire department operating in a highly professional manner,” Moody said.
Officials say a hiring committee has started the process of hiring a new fire chief.
Published at Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:42:00 +0000