Certification Expired Nearly Five Years Ago
THE VILLAGE RESIDENTS OF WELLSVILLE, Ohio, are concerned and demanding action from their Council after learning that their fire chief has been serving office with expired state certifications.
Chief William Smith is a paid employee in charge of the village's volunteer fire department and is also responsible for enforcing the fire prevention code and the inspections of all buildings.
After it was learned that his Ohio state fire chief's certification had expired in January of 2009, the residents are rightly concerned with the legality of Smith's leadership and especially the consequences of all building inspections that have been conducted since that date.
In the state of Ohio, certification must be renewed every three years. However, the State Department of Public Safety confirmed to NEWS9 that Wellsville Fire Chief Bill Smith's certification was up in January 2009.
Smith was appointed by the village mayor, and the mayor confirmed that Smith's certification is expired. But the mayor said Smith is currently not the acting chief. That news came as a surprise to Smith, who told NEWS9 on Tuesday that he has still been fulfilling his duties as chief.
When a Ch. 9 reporter attempted to interview the chief, however, she was told that he was "away for several days for personal reasons."
WTOV-TV Ch. 9 has filed a video report on the current status of this dilemma HERE.
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