Shall Chief Schuller Lose Salary While Sick?
Shall Peter Schuller of the Ellensburg, Wash., Fire Department, who was ill during the month of June, lose his entire salary for the month was the question that caused considerable discussion at the Ellensburg council meeting recently. When the city checks were passed around last month the chief failed to receive one and he felt he had been mistreated. Schuller has been chief ever since the paid department was started seven years ago, and prior to that was a member of the volunteers for seven years and says that in all the time he has never had a vacation with pay. He says he has attended fire chief conventions several times at his own expense, where other municipalities were paying the expenses of their chiefs, He does not feel it just that when his health broke down he should lose his entire salary. Several of the members of the council agreed with him, but did not feel that the chief had gone about the matter in the right way. Finally the matter was referred to the fire committee. Schuller draws $75 per month as fire chief and $15 per month as building inspetor. With a view of giving the city the best possible service. Schuller paid for a horse, buggy, and harness to be used by himself, and pays for the animals keeping. During his illness Schuller issued his orders from his bed. thus saving the city from extra expense.