HAMILTON, ONT., FIRE CHIEF.
The Herald, of Hamilton, Ont., in sustaining Chief Aitchison, has something sensible to say as to the remuneration of civic officers, as follows:
It was Mr. Aitchison who organized the Hamilton fire department, and it is the big chief who has maintained its high standard of efficiency down to the present time—a standard as high, we venture to say, as that reached by any fire department of similar size in the world. And it is not inappropriate to point out that this is the good result of having at the head of a civic department the best man who could be found for the position and paying him a decent salary—enough to induce him to stay there. One of the commonest complaints of thoughtless citizens is that heads of civic departments are too well paid. “Why, there are plenty of men who would do their work for half the pay”—is the silly remark often heai-d! Would it be true economy to dismiss Chief Aitchison and put at the head of the fire department another man because he would be willing to work for half the salary that is paid to the chief? Consider the risk. The best policy is to put at the heads of departments the best men available for the work they have to do, and pay them respectable salaries for their work. It is by far the nxost economical policy in the long run.
And we might add that the removal of efficient offlcers, especially chief engineers of fire departments, for political reasons, is criminal,and ought to be prohibited by law.