"He had a different way of looking at the land, the trouble at hand or any circumstance that might just come along .... and he measured his life in cedar posts and miles of barbed wire fence”.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Wheels On The Bus Go Round and Round
Like a giant corporate conglomerate releasing bad news after the stock market closed, Charlotte Fire Department released a statement at 5:00 on Friday announcing the abrupt retirement of imbattled Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin.
The statement formally kills the 32 year carrer of Chief Dulin, who had shared an image of a now reportedly transgendered Bruce Jenner on his personal Facebook page. Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee had told news outlets that he found the posting “highly offensive” as the review continued during the past week.
CFD Chief Jon Hannan in a prepared statement said Jeff Dulin, a 32-year department veteran who oversaw emergency management and homeland security for the city and county, retired effective 5 p.m. Friday.
“I want to thank Deputy Chief Dulin for his 32 years of service to Charlotte and the Charlotte Fire Department,” Hannan said in a news release. “From fighting fires to his dedication, to emergency management and homeland security, he has served the city and its citizens well, especially in his leading role in planning for the Democratic National Convention.”
With this announcement the City of Charlotte, Ron Carlee, The Charlotte Fire Deprtment and Chief Jon Hannan effectively toss the veteran under the proverbial bus, in a effort to continue the myth that the department had fired former CFD investigator Crystal Eschert for a similar offense.
Cedar's take: Let your common sense prevail, nevermind that The Charlotte Observer had already called the policy of firing city employees for tasteless social media posts, shortsighted and costly. Forget the reported fact that Dulin's apparent homophobic ills may be unfounded since his son is apparently an opennly gay man living in Canada, that he apparently has a very good relationship with.
If even a tiny dose of common sense is used it is clear that Dulin's forced retirement is just another troubling move by a chief and city manager who believe they are exempt from public oversight.
And the bus rolls on Beep! Beep!
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article11386076.html#storylink=cpy