Leadership

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING

Issue 12 and Volume 49.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING The Appellate Court of Indiana has rendered a decision which is very apropos, considering the frequent efforts that are made to oust chiefs of fire departments following a change in the political complexion of municipalities. The court rules: “Under the express provisions of Burns’ Annotated Statutes 1908, the chief of the fire department is an appointee of the board of public safety whom the board cannot remove for political reasons, nor in any other manner than as therein provided. When a de facto officer is in the possession of an office and discharging his duties under color of right, a person claiming to be de jure entitled to the same office cannot sue for the salary or fees of the office without first establishing his right to the office by quo warranto, as otherwise it would permit him to try the title to an office in…

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