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Fire Chief Brian Duggan responds to vote of no confidence

Fire Chief Brian Duggan responds to vote of no confidence

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Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan responds to vote of no confidence
Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan responds to vote of no confidence

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“Professionalism through Courage and Dedication” 
Northampton Fire Department
26 Carlon Drive, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060-2373Telephone: (413) 587-1032Fax: (413) 587-1034
Assistant Fire Chief: Duane A. NicholsDeputy Chiefs: Jon Davine, David Gagne,Timothy McQueston, Christopher W. Norris and Stephen Vanasse
Website: Http//: www.Northamptonfire.orgApril 27, 2012
For Immediate ReleaseChief Duggan Responds to Vote of No Confidence
On April 5, 2012, the Northampton Firefighters Union sent a letter no confidencein Fire Chief Brian Duggan to Mayor Narkewicz and Council President Dwight.Chief Duggan responded to this action with the following comments:Sadly this action indicates a contentious labor/management path that reflects onthe entire organization.I have served as a Massachusetts Fire Chief for a quarter of a century and havebeen in Northampton for the past fourteen years. During this time, I have astrong record of positive performance and accomplishment working for threemayors and working with our staff to move the Northampton Fire Departmentforward as both an example and regional leader.During my tenure, I have been a passionate advocate for the department and Ihave a strong history of recognizing our personnel for the exceptional work thatthey do. My praise and recognition is a matter of public record. As theDepartment has grown and taken on new roles to protect our community, I havedelegated responsibility to our staff and provided our people with theopportunities for participation in the selection of apparatus, equipment, turnoutgear and station fittings, we have established several working groups that foster collaboration. Although I am not sure what this vote accomplishes, it represents a politicalagenda in a fiscally desolate time and a conflict-based attempt to both erode thetrust that I have built with the community and influence Mayor Narkewicz intosettling a more lucrative contract. As evidence of the tactical nature of theseevents, the Union leadership held this letter from public release as a bargaining

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