Remember vote of no-confidence from the union members? The cardboard cutout likeness of Chief Giles that hit You Tube? The weekly protests at City Hall? The chief thanking a group for its award, without mentioning a Topeka firefighter who also won a top honor? The death of Captain Tony Cox? It has not been a kumbayyah run of solidarity for Howard Giles.
But do we need a fire chief who's still tough on the union guys of Local 83? Someone who's willing to bargain with them from scratch on any of their complaints?
Send along your blog-worthy comments to me on what you really think Topeka needs in its new fire chief. The new chief will be sought for hiring by City Manager Norton Bonaparte by Labor Day, and hopefully not too long after that. Send your suggestions if you'd like TFD to be run by someone who's already in the department.. or someone who's not from Topeka. We look forward to reading your suggestions. Ralph