Leadership

CHIEF SHORT, OF OAKLAND, RETIRES AND OUTWITS POLITICIANS

Issue 15 and Volume 80.

CHIEF SHORT, OF OAKLAND, RETIRES AND OUTWITS POLITICIANS Efficient Fire-Fighter Asks to he Retired to Forestall his Political Removal— Only Fifty-eight Years of Age CHIEF SAM SHORT, of the Oakland, Cal., Fire Department, went the politicians “one better,” when he retired and applied for a pension on July 8. His retirement took place on July 11, the date set by the administration of the Oakland city government for his removal. Chief Short passed his 58th birthday on July 17, so that the city should have bad the benefit of his vigorous personality and efficient services in the natural course of events for several years to come. But politics, the bane of the fire department, decreed otherwise, and the city is so far the loser. Chief Short on his retirement completed 34 years in the fire department, having become a member in 1893. He was made a captain in March, 1903,…

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