CHIEF CASEY REINSTATED.
Because of the popular demand at Muncie, Ind., that his ability as a firefighter should he recognised, John Casey, who was deposed as fire chief a year ago, has been reinstated by Mayor Guthrie. The action of the mayor came after a mass meeting had been called and a petition signed by almost a thousand representative citizens and presented to the council urging the impeachment of the mayor. Casey was removed from office for political reasons and Harry Gallivan was appointed. He was discharged to make a place for Carl Kerlen. who was acting chief when fire practically destroyed the Goddard wholesale grocery the other night. It was Casey who stepped into the breach and led the firemen, when the fire was extinguished after $200,000 damage had been done. On the night following the fire, Kerlen resigned, and Mayor Guthrie appointed Ollie Baldwin as chief Baldwin was without practical experience as a firefighter, and the public clamor became so strong that Baldwin was removed and Casey reinstated. Mayor Guthrie has promised that Chief Casey shall have full sway in his department, and the mayor has pledged the support of the administration to him. The council will meet later in the week to consider the impeachment proceedings against the mayor. It may be remembered that as stated in last week’s impression, Kerlen was otic of the ten firemen against whom charges had been made by the mayor, and that, although deposed on the night of the fire on account of incompetency, John Casey being there and then appointed chief by the mayor, Kerlen continued to fight the fire bravely. It will also be remembered that Ollie Baldwin, who had never been a fireman, did not desire the position of chief. It is to be hoped that, with the very proper reinstatement of Chief Casey, there may now be peace in the city fire department.
The three-year term of Chief Harris of Lynn, Mass., will expire next year.