Leadership

Refuses Petition for More Officers

Issue 7 and Volume 79.

Refuses Petition for More Officers Fire Chief John Kenlon of New York in a recent statement made to the members of the Board of Estimate in the City Hall, declared that it was not additional chief officers that were needed but additional firemen that were needed, when Mayor Walker asked him if he approved the petition of ten Captains for promotion to Battalion Chief. The petitioners had been seeking promotion for several months on the ground that some of them were acting as Chiefs of Battalion and that there were always sufficient vacancies due to illness, vacations and special leaves, to warrant the appointment of ten additional battalion chiefs. Chief Kenlon declared that if the Board of Estimate was disposed to grant additional strength to the lire force that it do so by adding more firemen. He said the department could very easily use three hundred or five hundred firemen…

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