Boston Fire Chief Threatens to Sue Deputies

Boston Fire Chief Steve E. Abraira, facing criticism from his command staff over his management style and his response to the Boston Marathon bombings, is threatening to sue his deputy chiefs if they continue launching what his lawyer describes as defamatory attacks, reports The Boston Globe.

In a letter sent to the deputies last week and obtained by the Globe, Abraira’s lawyer, Louis M. Ciavarra, referred to an earlier letter critical of Abraira that 13 deputy chiefs sent April 26 to Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The deputies wrote that the fire chief showed no leadership after the bombings and has acted as a spectator at major fire scenes, instead of taking command, as his predecessors did.

In response, Ciavarra wrote that his firm is prepared to file a lawsuit “should any further such conduct occur” to put a stop to it and obtain damages.

“Your conduct is nothing more than a transparent effort to hide the inadequacies of your own performance and to interfere with my client’s efforts to improve the Boston Fire Department,” Ciavarra wrote to the deputies.

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