Fire Chief Under Pressure to Resign

Fire Chief Under Pressure to Resign

There are 67 comments on the KTUL story from Sep 22, 2010, titled Fire Chief Under Pressure to Resign. In it, KTUL reports that:

Okmulgee fire fighters say they were threatened both with their jobs and bodily harm after the chief's wife received some trouble-making photos.

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nojt

Okmulgee, OK

#21 Oct 25, 2010
This is why all everyone needs to vote.Good ole politics in okmulgee.Threatening police cheif.City council sucks.
Help

Euless, TX

#22 Oct 30, 2010
Michael Jackson Spirit wrote:
<quoted text> Yeow down Hill and it goes back 44 years of Good Ole Boys running this town known as the establishment from District Judges to the same ole good ole boys being elected over and over and over. Never RE-Elect an nincumbant politician....EVER!
Let's take a deep breath and pause for a moment of silence.
She Devil from Beggs

United States

#23 Nov 1, 2010
Is John W. from beggs a Morphadite or Transexual ?
She Devil from Beggs

United States

#24 Nov 1, 2010
Intellegent Decisions wrote:
<quoted text> We have never seen such a display of intellegence. Lord help us all if these ignorant posters contract the " Blubonic Filth Disease " that has consumed that Beggs Lawyer.
Hey he has alot of muscle in his mouth and gas in his ass.
Real Fireman

Tulsa, OK

#25 Jun 22, 2011
Morris Crime Fighters wrote:
<quoted text> Don't be shallow minded. That so called revealing picture is only a picture of Mitchell at the lake. So what? This proves nothing. Mitchell is in a divorce battle with his wife. The case is being heard by John Maley. Mitchell is represented by the Seacats who happen to be BIG supporters of the 80+ year old incumbant JUDGE JOHN MALEY who has served 44 years on the bench. Maley should recuse himself from hearing Mitchell's case because of the appearance of impropriety according to local citizens that know John Maley. This is so sad and so typical of the cheap politics that goes on in Okmulgee County. John Wright, a convicted felon and thief is also a strong supporter of the elderly incumbant. Rick Mitchell is a good man and has devoted his life to doing what he believed was right for the community. Rick Mitchell is innocent of charges made against him. He has committed no Crime of any kind....PERIOD !
Uh-- he is an uneducated dolt!! soon to be out of a job. Let him go to another place that needs a good laugh!!!
Real Fireman

Tulsa, OK

#26 Jun 22, 2011
George wrote:
Rick Mitchell is one of the hardest working employess the City of Okmulgee has had. His work goes above and beyond the call of duty.
His personal life is none of our business, and Okmulgee needs to keep him.
Mitchell we know that you wrote this and you would be surprised to know what the name you have earned is... Everyone else knows it...
Real Fireman

Tulsa, OK

#27 Jun 22, 2011
Evidently the council supports the acts of these yahoo's. If there are questions on the propriety of the acts of the city officials then the council should publicly respond and take action to clarify if there are reprehensible acts or not. If the don't the should resign or take on the same responsibility for improper actions by these officials-their in-action gives unofficial authority for these clowns to continue. They in turn are responsiblile for not proforming their responsibility as an elected official.
What the heck

Oklahoma City, OK

#28 Jun 22, 2011
Is there some way to hold the council legally responsible for ignoring this? These guys are out of control! How could they do nothing?
Real Fireman

Tulsa, OK

#29 Jun 22, 2011
Morris Crime Fighters wrote:
<quoted text> Don't be shallow minded. That so called revealing picture is only a picture of Mitchell at the lake. So what? This proves nothing. Mitchell is in a divorce battle with his wife. The case is being heard by John Maley. Mitchell is represented by the Seacats who happen to be BIG supporters of the 80+ year old incumbant JUDGE JOHN MALEY who has served 44 years on the bench. Maley should recuse himself from hearing Mitchell's case because of the appearance of impropriety according to local citizens that know John Maley. This is so sad and so typical of the cheap politics that goes on in Okmulgee County. John Wright, a convicted felon and thief is also a strong supporter of the elderly incumbant. Rick Mitchell is a good man and has devoted his life to doing what he believed was right for the community. Rick Mitchell is innocent of charges made against him. He has committed no Crime of any kind....PERIOD !
UH-maybe you think using city property for personal use is selfless and if this is devoted to civic duty why doesn't every fireman in Okmulgee get to work from home, use the city equipment for personal use. In any other city city managers are fired for being unable to lead, and certainly for using government property for their social life.
Real Fireman

Tulsa, OK

#30 Jun 22, 2011
What the heck wrote:
Is there some way to hold the council legally responsible for ignoring this? These guys are out of control! How could they do nothing?
The council obviously is part of the party atmosphere and doesn't want to rock the boat-they have been secretive in any actions -or maybe there aren't any actions other than to ignore willful misuse of public property by the individuals in city goverment. After all the fire chief doesn't live in Okmulgee and has no stake in the city having to pay for his blunders.
Really concerned citizen

Tulsa, OK

#31 Jun 22, 2011
concerned citizen wrote:
I have seen Chief Mitchell work several fires and let me tell you his first concern is the other fire fighters. He always makes sure they are safe.
This all is about the people in Okmulgee (fire fighters included) jealous because a young man has made a name for him self.
It is NOT our business about his personal life...that is between him and his wife! But he has a beautiful daughter who is not old enough to know what is going on, but in a few years she will be able to read all about this and she is the one that will be hurt.
There is NO way Chief Mitchell would ever threaten any one. He cares too much about people. If he knew someone was in a burning home he would be the first in. Now does that sound like someone who would threaten his fellow brothers? I have been down there several times with my job and it was like alot of joking and cutting up between all the guys. It was NOT a hostile environment, it was just the opposite.
You guys just don't know the good Mitchell has done for the Okmulgee FD and the City of Beggs. Check out all he has done, you might be surprised! Go talk to Mitchell you will see a totally different person than is being portrayed by the OFD Union!
Lets see what the fire chief has done?
He has single handedly doubled the city utility rates since he has become mayor. He has own his own alienated every fireman in Okmulgee, and Beggs, and is working on Mounds. When he visits other cities "offering his help" he is turned down. Managers like this we don't need. They are an embarrassment to the city. What do you think would happen in any other community if the firemen voted no confidence.
Really concerned citizen

Tulsa, OK

#32 Jun 22, 2011
concerned citizen wrote:
I have seen Chief Mitchell work several fires and let me tell you his first concern is the other fire fighters. He always makes sure they are safe.
This all is about the people in Okmulgee (fire fighters included) jealous because a young man has made a name for him self.
It is NOT our business about his personal life...that is between him and his wife! But he has a beautiful daughter who is not old enough to know what is going on, but in a few years she will be able to read all about this and she is the one that will be hurt.
There is NO way Chief Mitchell would ever threaten any one. He cares too much about people. If he knew someone was in a burning home he would be the first in. Now does that sound like someone who would threaten his fellow brothers? I have been down there several times with my job and it was like alot of joking and cutting up between all the guys. It was NOT a hostile environment, it was just the opposite.
You guys just don't know the good Mitchell has done for the Okmulgee FD and the City of Beggs. Check out all he has done, you might be surprised! Go talk to Mitchell you will see a totally different person than is being portrayed by the OFD Union!
You are mistaken, the fire chief is concerned that he may have to move from behind his vehicle and the tv camera's to actually do something. His first concern is that he may accidentally give someone other than himself credit for a job done well.
Really concerned citizen

Tulsa, OK

#33 Jun 22, 2011
seu wrote:
I say the Okmulgee police chief should resign as well. He covers up police brutality.He is not a good chief.He likes to threaten aas well. Just in different ways.
You could not blast these guys out of their jobs. they all three are uneducated, could never find jobs which over pay them this well.
George

AOL

#34 Jun 22, 2011
I agree with applying term limits to politicians. As Fire Chief, however, Rick Mitchell is not a politician, but a member of the city's staff.

He's a hard-worker, and does extra tasks on his own time for the city's benefit. He's one of the most conscientious, unselfish city employees we have.
Dewar

United States

#35 Jun 22, 2011
Okmulgee should pattern itself after the City of Dewar. Dewar is a model of a town.
Funny

Tulsa, OK

#36 Jun 22, 2011
George wrote:
I agree with applying term limits to politicians. As Fire Chief, however, Rick Mitchell is not a politician, but a member of the city's staff.
He's a hard-worker, and does extra tasks on his own time for the city's benefit. He's one of the most conscientious, unselfish city employees we have.
Go to bed Rick. I mean George.
The Truth

United States

#37 Jun 22, 2011
Okmulgee had their tryouts today. How much do you want to bet that they hire a volunteer from the Beggs or Mounds area?
Really concerned citizen

Tulsa, OK

#38 Jun 23, 2011
Morris Crime Fighters wrote:
<quoted text> Don't be shallow minded. That so called revealing picture is only a picture of Mitchell at the lake. So what? This proves nothing. Mitchell is in a divorce battle with his wife. The case is being heard by John Maley. Mitchell is represented by the Seacats who happen to be BIG supporters of the 80+ year old incumbant JUDGE JOHN MALEY who has served 44 years on the bench. Maley should recuse himself from hearing Mitchell's case because of the appearance of impropriety according to local citizens that know John Maley. This is so sad and so typical of the cheap politics that goes on in Okmulgee County. John Wright, a convicted felon and thief is also a strong supporter of the elderly incumbant. Rick Mitchell is a good man and has devoted his life to doing what he believed was right for the community. Rick Mitchell is innocent of charges made against him. He has committed no Crime of any kind....PERIOD !
This has nothing to do with John Wright, Or Seacat, it has to do with a couple of A"" holes using their position of authority to threaten people. The sooner these guys are unemployed the better.
Volunteer

Dallas, TX

#39 Jun 23, 2011
The Truth wrote:
Okmulgee had their tryouts today. How much do you want to bet that they hire a volunteer from the Beggs or Mounds area?
. Who are u to question who is hired. I know guys from both towns who have tested 3 or 4 times and others were hired in stead of the guys from mounds or beggs. The truth is an idiot
Okmulgee secret service

Tulsa, OK

#40 Jun 23, 2011
concerned citizen wrote:
I have seen Chief Mitchell work several fires and let me tell you his first concern is the other fire fighters. He always makes sure they are safe.
This all is about the people in Okmulgee (fire fighters included) jealous because a young man has made a name for him self.
It is NOT our business about his personal life...that is between him and his wife! But he has a beautiful daughter who is not old enough to know what is going on, but in a few years she will be able to read all about this and she is the one that will be hurt.
There is NO way Chief Mitchell would ever threaten any one. He cares too much about people. If he knew someone was in a burning home he would be the first in. Now does that sound like someone who would threaten his fellow brothers? I have been down there several times with my job and it was like alot of joking and cutting up between all the guys. It was NOT a hostile environment, it was just the opposite.
You guys just don't know the good Mitchell has done for the Okmulgee FD and the City of Beggs. Check out all he has done, you might be surprised! Go talk to Mitchell you will see a totally different person than is being portrayed by the OFD Union!
He has made a name for himself and it has something to do with the end of a horse. He only shows up to take credit and blame others for anything that has gone wrong. He is running off firedepartment employees with twice his experience and knowledge, and can't get anyone to volunteer in Beggs. He does however use the Beggs fire department garage for his own use on a daily basis. What is wrong with him paying for use of a garage and tools like the rest of us.. Maybe our water bills would go down if we weren't paying for his personal social life. He had to have the chief of police threaten the firemen because he is a coward.

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