Leadership

Chief Boyle, of Seattle, Dismissed.

Issue 19 and Volume 49.

Chief Boyle, of Seattle, Dismissed. John H. Boyle, chief of the fire department at Seattle, Wash., was on April 21 notified by Mayor George W. Hilling that unless he resigned before the following Monday charges would be filed against him before the civil service commission. Boyle failed to do this and his removal followed. Boyle, who was appointed chief by H. C. Gill, the recalled mayor, is alleged to have demoralized the fire department by turning it into a political machine and using it for Gill’s benefit ill the recall campaign. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says: ‘Within less than three hours after Mayor Dilling removed Boyle there came complete justification for his action. For if John Boyle had not consigned the $6,500 water tower to storage, if the water tower had been in use at the Eyres building fire late recently, there would have been no need for the firemen to…

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