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Opinion: Fire Chief on Fire?

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After almost a decade of leadership by former fire chief Chris James, Augusta appears to have landed a well-qualified outsider — some may argue that last statement — to serve as its new fire chief.

Tony Burden, a deputy chief from Dekalb County Fire-Rescue, was "picked" from the group of four as...

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  1. Mr. Meyers your facts are incorrect. I served for 35 years with the Augusta Fire Department and retired April 1 2019. I was a member of the IAFF from 1990 until my retirement date. I haven’t been a member of IAFF for more then 2 years. I’m a tax paying citizen and property owner of Augusta Richmond County and will continue to inform others of back room dealing commissioners. I’m familiar with the elected official that gave you this incorrect information on my current employment status. This same elected official has been talking with former Deputy Chief Jones for over a year to take the Chief’s job in Augusta. I only informed this commissioner that Chief Jones would be a great choice and I supported Chief Jones due to his pasted with the Augusta Fire Department. Mr. Meyers please don’t fall for the bate and switch that these politicians are so good at. I’m willing to meet with you and show you the text messages I sent if you wish. This corrupt process of replacing the Fire Chief started shortly after Chief James was given the choice to retire or be terminated. The Mayor and a few commissioners are afraid what will be found if an investing looking into this that’s place.

  2. Even if the person being hired as Fire Chief is extremely qualified and would be an excellent Chief, the way it was done smells. The School Board raises? They knew the work required, the compensation involved and the general situation thereof. I don’t see were they have ever done anything that would make them merit any added or increased compensation. The school system is basically dysfunctional. When school performance is mentioned, especially poor performance, the only response is how well the Magnet Schools are performing. Smoke and mirrors. And anytime a fix is mentioned it is always the need for more money. The problems in the school system is not money, its a deeper community problem and simply saying there is just a few things that need fixing is the not true.

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