Discipline in the New York Fire Department.
Mayor Gaynor has sent a letter to Fire Commissioner Waldo in which he said that neither politics nor favoritism should be allowed in the fire department. The letter to Commissioner is as follows: “Sir: I have selected you for head of the fire department after careful consideration and in full confidence that you will be able to carry out my intention of banishing all political and outside influence and favoritism from that department immediately and once for all. Let appointments and promotions hereafter be made without such influence. The present method enables those who stand low on the eligible list to be appointed over the heads of those who stand higher. As soon as a list is published, clergymen, business men, political leaders and all sorts of persons claiming to have influence come in to advocate the selection of their friends thereon. Worse yet, some of such influence is sold and paid for. Let there be an end of all this, and see that every one on the list be treated on his ascertained merits. To put this beyond doubt it may be necessary that appointments and promotions be made in numerical order from the eligible list. Be so good as to consider this and confer with me. It is my intention to submit this to the heads of all of the departments and have this rule adopted by all unless there be controlling reasons to the contrary. And let not such influence be tolerated in the trial of charges against members of the force. It leads to lack of discipline, and carried far enough, to disrespect and insubordination to superior officers. On the first sign of any such importunity or influence being permitted by the trial deputy let him be removed. Very truly yours.