This past week a citizen in District 1 wrote an article to the Star Telegram concerning how to institute Civil Service for the Firefighters in Arlington. He recommended two items be accomplished quickly, in an effort for the Mayor and City Staff to put their best foot forward to the firefighters. Well I was with the Mayor Tuesday evening when he did just that. At the Mayor’s campaign party several firefighters and their wives came to that party uninvited. They were all wearing their red vote yes T-shirts and the Mayor approached them to shake their hand and congratulate them for their win on Prop 2. The firefighter state, “there ain’t no way in hell I will ever shake your hand.” It was apparent that they were drunk and wanted to fight. I got on the phone and dialed 911 to dispatch a cruiser. They left the building promptly. So much for good will and putting our best foot forward.
Next Mr. Ogle requested that a committee be formulated, comprised of citizens, three
picked by the city and three picked by the firefighter’s union, so that
starting up civil service would go seamlessly.
He adds, “Obviously, the final decisions regarding Civil Service
implementation must be guided by the law itself.” That would be correct, so why the
committee? The law is explained very
clearly in Part 143 of the Texas Local Governance Code. There is no room for interpretation, so
formulating a committee is meaningless.
It would seem that Democrats always want to form a committee to get
consensus. You can see it in the news
every day. “Russians affect our election”
so let’s form a committee to investigate.
“President fires Comey”, so let’s form a committee and get a special
investigator. The City of Arlington
doesn’t need a committee to implement Civil Service. It is in black and white. We have a City
Manager, a Deputy City Manager with a PHD in Urban Development. We have a Nationally Recognized Fire Chief in
Don Crowson, and they are very capable of establishing Civil Service in
Arlington. We don’t need no stinking
“What the City did to you guy was absolute B#llsh1t.” That is what Mr. Ogle told the Firefighters
last night at a Union rally. I disagree
with his assessment. If someone has to
tell lies and deceive the public to get their way, then I have no respect for
them at all. The Union’s actions at the
polls, calling the Chief’s wife names, the actions of Union members in the
firehouse bullying younger firefighters, is reprehensible. The lies that were told by the Union
President and the E-board were disgraceful.
But when you are dealing with a Union there is no shame because there is
no contrition. The Union will get Civil Service. It will not get them more overtime. It will not remove the Chief. It will not make them happier. It will not get them bigger pay checks, on
the contrary they will get smaller. What
it will do is provide them with Part 143 Civil Service. Nothing more and nothing less.