Boston Fire Commissioner Removed.
Charles D. Daly who has been fire commissioner in Boston for sixteen months was removed from that office on January 26, by Mayor
Fitzgerald, who at once appointed former Police Commissioner Charles H. Cole as his successor. Street Commissioner John H. Dunn is acting as temporary commissioner of the fire department pending the civil service commission’s action on Cole’s appointment. In telling the commissioner that he was no longer in the city’s service, he handed him a letter notifying him of his removal and giving three reasons for his action. The letter read: “You are hereby removed from the office of fire commisisoner of the city of Boston for the following specific reasons :
“First. For your failure to approve of chap. 738 of the acts of 1911, being an act to authorize the city of Boston to pay a sum of money annually to John J. Carney, a copy of which act is herewith enclosed, said act having been accepted by the city council of the city of Boston and approved by the mayor.
“Second. For your failure to make appointments to the fire fighting force of your department of persons in accordance with their rating, as certified to you by the civil service commission of the commonwealth, said persons being qualified educationally, mentally and physically, and having precedence on the list of those from among whom appointments were made by you and sent to the mayor for approval.
“Third. For your failure to co-operate with the fire prevention commission, in accordance with the instructions of the mayor for the purpose of bringing about needed reforms in the fire department.”
With the reorganization of the department under Col. Cole will, it is expected, be the retirement of Chief John A. Mullen of the department, and the advancement of Deputy Chief John Grady to the position of chief. There will also, it is thought, be many other important changes in the department. Charles H. Cole, Jr., was born in South Boston on Oct. 30, 1871. After high school, he entered the office of A. S. Bigelow, the mining engineer, and took active part in managing the Boston & Montana mine until it went into the Amalgamated. He continued his mining interests until 1901. when he engaged in the real estate business with the late Benjamin W. Wells, then Boston’s fire commissioner. From his school days Cole was also connected with military organizations. In 1890 he enlisted in the 1st corps Cadets, and went through every rank, until, on April 10, 1900, he was appointed second lieutenant of company R. In less than a year he received the first lieutenancy. Following the election of Gov. Douglas, Cole was made inspector-general of rifle practice, an appointment based on the high skill he had shown as a member of the Massachusetts rifle team that competed at Fort Riley, Kan., in 11X14. In April, the following year, Gov. Douglas appointed (‘ole chairman of Boston’s police Ivoard tor five years. It was during his term that the police department was reorganized and placed directly under a single police commissioner. Cole is a member of the Boston Athletic Association and the Puritan Club. He is not married and lives at 62 Beacon street with his mother.