Vote of no confidence issued against fire department chief


MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) – The Meridian Firefighters Association has issued a vote of no confidence against the Meridian Fire Department’s chief and deputy chief.

The Meridian Star reports that 99 percent of firefighters that participated in the vote last week voted no confidence against Fire Chief Anthony Clayton and Deputy Chief Ricky Leister.

The association sent a letter to Mayor Percy Bland detailing its vote. In it, the association cited a lack of leadership, a failure to respond to firefighter safety concerns and a lack of overall concern for the well-being of members.

In response to the statement, Bland defended the chief and deputy chief, saying they have both done a great job with the resources available to them.

Clayton couldn’t be reached for comment by the newspaper. Leister said he couldn’t comment.


Information from: The Meridian Star,

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