Andy Mannix, writing in yesterday's City Pages, reports on the planned retirement of Fire Chief Alex Jackson in February, before the Minneapolis City Council decides on a two-year extension of his appointment:
Last month, Jackson was criticized for a $1 million overtime bill for firefighters in 2011, and a failed program that tasked firefighters with boarding up vacant houses. The latter was supposed to bring revenue to the department, but instead lost about $300,000 in its first year, according to city data.
Earlier coverage of the Minneapolis Fire Department:
- Jan 2, 2012: Problematic Firefighters
- October 13, 2010: Is Minneapolis Fire Still boarding up buildings?
- October 1, 2010: Saving Money Raises Costs in Minneapolis
- April 30, 2011: Minneapolis steals one firefighter from front-line staffing for unprofitable board-up project
- July 28, 2011: Minneapolis Set To Whack Fire Department
- August 22, 2011: Minneapolis Decimates FD. Local’s Pres. Fires Back
- August 30, 2011: Heat’s On in Minneapolis
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
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- Demoted Deputy Chief Wins Big Settlement – December 21, 2012
- LAFD reduces Light Force staffing to put 11 additional ambulances on the road – April 30, 2013
- “Council can’t tell me to accept $8M grant, veto override or no” – June 26, 2012
- LAFD gets $1.6M to staff 11 ambulances with overtime crews until June – May 7, 2013