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Tupper Lake, NY

#23 Apr 5, 2014
To Amen very well said.2
Glad to Be Gone

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Apr 6, 2014
I would like to start off this post by giving my perspective on what leadership is... Forbes magazine states the following qualities as those that a true respectable leader will possess.
1. Honesty 2. Ability to Delegate 3. Communication 4. Sense of Humor 5. Confidence 6. Commitment 7. Positive Attitude 8. Creativity 9. Intuition 10. Ability to Inspire

Forbes is one of the foremost business publications and at the end of the day a fire department in fact is a business. It's clientele are the citizens of the Copenhagen Volunteer FD district. As a volunteer FD it is crucial to provide for its constituency in the most effective, honest, and cost-effective means. Honesty is crucial for any businesses reputation.

Think for a moment, would you as a consumer want to give business to an organization that is known to be dishonest, untrustworthy, and down right irresponsible with skewed priorities. Of course not! This is the position the citizens of Copenhagen are in now. In lieu of the recent decision by members of this department to back a convicted sex offender to represent their agency, shame on you! It is irresponsible and unfair to that individual to put him in the position. Would you really want to trust this person near your children and think for one moment that the agency's reputation would not be put even more on the line than it already is?

Lets not be all negative however, I do believe the individual possess some qualities. He has a wonderful sense of humor, there is no doubt that he is committed to the department, and he works hard, however past that, i don't see many more positives that this individual will bring to the table.

At the end of the day, if i were in an agency, i would want someone whom I respect controlling a scene, and as a citizen of the community i would want the same exact thing. Trust and respect can not and will not be given to someone that has a long line of untrustworthy behavior in their record. That is the fact.

At the end of the day a Chief is someone who is the face of an agency, and do we want someone who already is known as being untrustworthy, sadistic, and immoral being the face of the agency. The answer is obviously no. One can argue that the past does not and should not affect the present, however that is ridiculous. Look at any public figure who has run for office, their past is constantly scrutinized and if any ounce of risque behaviour comes up, they are immediatly forced out of the race. This is no different. No one wants someone they cannot trust and who has displayed time and time again that they are untrustworthy and immoral to serve them in a public office.

This department needs to get their heads out of their asses and figure shit out and stop airing your dirty laundry for the general public to see. All this is doing is building even more of a distrust in the organization than is already present. Your job is to serve the community to provide an invaluable service fighting fires, responding to medical calls, and persons in distress. Your job is NOT to race on a race car while squandering tax payer dollars, bickering among one another, or drink beer. Let's get back to the basics fellas and ladies. Focus on what matters most. Serving the community. End of story.
Copenhagen residents

United States

#25 Apr 23, 2014
We deserve better than all this

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