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Here’s The Scoop … VFD Fires Chief Perkins … Votes In New Chief … Fire Inspector-Marshal Steve Paine … UPDATED …

UPDATE: The Town /Commission received a memo today from VFD President Ken Johnson advising them that the VFD membership took a vote of “no confidence” for Fire Chief Bob Perkins and voted him out…They then voted in Fire Marshal Steve Paine effective immediately…

EARLY DECISION ….

Dear Readers … Just received word the VFD membership met last night for their monthly August meeting…

It is said they fired Chief Bob Perkins after holding his check back for non-performance … This comes after the recent scuttlebutt a few months back of Perkins not filling out his application in the mid-nineties truthfully concerning any previous criminal charges and lots of questions about his spending within the department …as well as his actual hours of work in the department while being designated the full time Fire Chief…

The decision made last night comes a little early…Originally Perkins was to be out by now after the application questions arose …but that changed after we heard a “deal” was made for him to leave in Sept….which is what he sent in a memo to the Town and Commissioners (prev. post)… We have also heard for some time about a tug-of-war going on inside the department with different ideas floating from possible candidates for his chief position …including the desire for the department to become a professional fire department vs. volunteer…

We are told Fire Marshal/Fire Inspector Steve Paine was elected over Dep. Chief Joe Padden …No details on the count … but the result speaks volumes …and it had to be a personal blow to Padden who many felt did not step up to the plate after returning to his position …. after McIntee lost his own shot at Chief …(prev. posts)…

We also heard the board met with the Int. TM in a prior meeting as the new budget gets ironed out along with the contract and other items brought to the forefront by the consultant hired by Ms. Hoffmann as well as directions given from the dais last month concerning medical calls from VM Dodd…

The question now is how many hats does Chief Paine continue to wear and will he make more than Perkins did in salary …Perkins, in his first term was touted by McIntee from the dais for voluntarily turningĀ  down most of his chief’s salary …to “give back” to the VFD and the community …..Of course a look at the past and presentĀ  VFD income/expense reports shows much of it was “recovered” when it was received through “expenses” etc…(prev. posts)…

A memo should be coming to the Town and Commission concerning the new change … Chief Paine will now be the one at the podium beginning Aug. 25th at the sole Reg. Comm. meeting in Aug. at 7 pm….as well as at the 5 pm Budget meeting held prior ….answering the Commissions questions and showing the Town if he can run a tight ship…financially… internally …and transparently….

Congratulations to VFD Fire Chief Steve Paine…

more to come…

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