Friday Morning – Guess Who Wants To Be Mayor?
Think back a couple of years to June 2011. Do you remember this guy?
You can bet that the folks in Holyoke, Massachusetts, do. This photo was taken when he was the interim fire chief of the HFD and hit the pages of Firegeezer when he jumped a switch and strangely called in a false alarm just to watch the trucks roll. Starting to sound familiar?
Firegeezer first posted the story in a Promotional Opportunities HERE when we told in part:
THE HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS, INTERIM FIRE CHIEF was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday afternoon on a moment's notice. Deputy Chief William Moran has been serving as interim fire chief since September when the former interim chief retired suddenly. The permanent post has been vacant since January 2010. The city has been conducting a search for a permanent chief and was expected to appoint one in August. Chief Moran was thought to be one of the 16 finalists to be considered for the position.
In follow-up posts HERE and HERE we explained that Moran was sitting in a restaurant when two firefighters from a nearby station walked by on their way to pick up the lunch order. Telling his lunch companions, one of whom was also a Holyoke firefighter, to watch the firefighters run back to the station, he called dispatch and told them to send that engine company to an investigation at a nearby shopping center. Investigation calls are routinely responded with lights and siren at that FD.
Instead, the engine came by the location and paused to pick up the FF's before continuing on the call. But the stunt backfired on him and it came to the attention of everybody in the city because while the engine was responding, three cars pulled to the right and stopped to let it pass by. Unfortunately the woman driving car #4 wasn't paying attention and crashed into the line of cars causing damages to all four vehicles and sending one of the drivers to the hospital.
Read the links I just gave you for all the details which lead up to Moran's choosing to stop pursing the chief's job and he retired instead following criminal charges placed against him.
Fast-forward now to the other day, Wednesday May 8, when MassLive.com reported:
William P. Moran, the former provisional fire chief forced to retire early after a criminal case in which he sent a fire truck to a fake call, is running for mayor.
"I have taken out (nomination) papers to run for mayor. At this time, I don't have any more comment," Moran said Wednesday.
City Clerk Suzanne Mead confirmed Moran took out nomination papers to run for mayor. To place their names on the ballot, candidates for mayor must file nomination papers with signatures of at least 250 registered voters.
The crowded race for mayor includes incumbent Mayor Alex B. Morse seeking a second term, newcomer Jim Santiago, who has worked in real estate and image processing and is a U.S. Air Force veteran, former mayor Daniel J. Szostkiewicz and Daniel C. Boyle, who writes for the Holyoke Sun and was co-owner of the former Diamond Fiber Products Co., in Palmer.
The top two vote-getters in a preliminary election Sept. 17 will compete on Election Day Nov. 5.
Well, rotsa ruck with that, Bill. Perhaps the good folk of Holyoke will find you a better choice than what they have now. We'll see come September.
Meanwhile we'd better get going with the morning equipment check now. I'm heading for the Bunn-O-Matic to get some fresh java going. See you back in the day room.
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