Frank L. Stetson Appointed Chief at Seattle.
Frank L. Stetson, of the Stetson-Post Mill Company, ami for 13 years chief of the Minneapolis fire department, has been appointed head of the fire department at Seattle, Wash., by Mayor Dilling, of that city. The appointment was made after a conference with the city council, as was the appointment of W. D. Freeman to the position of secretary of the fire department. Freeman, who is now assistant secretary of the hoard of public works, was for years a member of the department, and served a long time as secretary under former chiefs. Stetson, who left the Minneapolis department because of too much politics, announces that he is taking the position with the understanding that no politics will enter the department. The new chief assumed the duties of his position on June 10. W. H. Clark having been acting chief since the forced resignation of Chief John Boyle. The mayor of Seattle has been scouring the country for a suitable man for the position, having offered it to Batal lion Chief Biggin, of New York, and others. The position pays $1,000 per year, but on account of the political upheaval in Seattle, every good man has been afraid to accept the place Ex-Chief Bringhurst had been recommended by many citizens, but owing to the opposition of the civil service commission, the mayor could not make the appointment, although Bringhurst was his choice. The city of Seattle, however, is to be congratulated on having secured so competent a man as Stetson, who is well known as being thoroughly qualified for the place. The accompanying photograph is a very good one of Chief Stetson as he looks to-day. When he left the Minneapolis department several years ago. Stetson was succeeded by A. H. Runge, who is now chief of the department of Grand Forks, N. D.