Leadership

With the Editor

Issue 9 and Volume 100.

With the Editor Nullifying Civil Service in New York Polotics is again beginning to show its ugly hand in the New York Fire Department. This has become evident in connection with the filling of the position of Chief of Department. On February 13-14, Chief Harold J. Burke, then a Deputy Chief, along with fifteen other candidates, took the two-day examination for the position of Chief. He topped the list by a comfortable margin. In addition, he had disabled veteran’s preference. On these two counts alone he was entitled to the promotion; for in 1911 Mayor Gaynor established the practice, on the recommendation of the Civil Service Reform Association, of picking the highest person on the civil service list to fill a vacancy, which practice has been steadfastly followed since (the law permits picking one of the first three on the list). When it was known that Chief Burke had won…

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