Attempt to Remove Chief Mooney

Attempt to Remove Chief Mooney

The Telegram of Bridgeport, Conn., has this to say in reference to an attempt to remove Chief Mooney of the fire department: “We believe that the attempt to place Fire Chief Mooney on the carpet for the trivial and possible breach of rules owing to the fact that the chief allowed a substitute to act during the absence of Hoscman Timko is at the most a tempest in a teapot. Even if the commissioners are right and Chief Mooney wrong and in violation of the rules, the whole proceeding and its corresponding notoriety is not deserving of the public attention it has received. The facts of the case admitted by both parties seem to be that during the absence of a regular a substitute was temporarily added to the department and that the chief was aware of this fact. As long as Bridgeport has an efficient fire department and so capable and competent a chief in charge, a trivial and technical violation of a rule thoroughly understood is little enough to hang a charge upon on which to call before the commissioners the chief of the department. The Telegram believes that Chief Mooney is one of the best fire chiefs this city has been fortunate enough to have in charge of its all important fire department. Fire commissioners come and go during various administrations. Men of standing in the business life of our city and of various different ideas are unpointed to places on the board. But the chief is a permanent fixture and his work speaks for itself.”

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