Chief Crotty of Oneonta, Resigns
John J. Crotty, chief since the inception of a paid fire department in Oneonta, N. Y., several years ago, has tendered his resignation as a result of a failure to reach an agreement with the board of fire commissioners as to the conduct of his office. Mr. Crotty says the duties required of him under the state fire laws impose upon him an amount of office work which he finds it impossible to care for without the aid of an assistant. This relief the fire commissioners refuse to grant him, he says. For many months, Mr. Crotty further states, he has met this added expense in his office personally. Petitions to the board that they levy a portion of this expense on the city have been without avail, Mr. Crotty says, and feeling that the burden was more than he should be expected to meet, he appealed to the state fire marshal’s office for advice. As a result of this action, Mr. Crotty was summoned to Albany and in conference with Assistant Fire Marshal George F. Roesch was informed that he must adhere strictly to the orders issued from that office. Mr. Roesch, in Mr. Crotty’s defense both as chief of the Oneonta fire department and as an assistant to the State fire marshal’s office, addressed a letter to the Oneonta fire commissioners in which he highly commended the record of Chief Crotty, deplored the attitude of the board and urged more harmonious relations between the chief and the commissioners.