Office of the Mayor: Harold Scoggins nominated as Seattle Fire Chief
Mayor Murray nominated Harold Scoggins as the next Chief of the Seattle Fire Department.
"As Seattle grows rapidly over the next 20 years, our fire service must continue to evolve to serve the city's public safety needs," said Murray. "Our department saves lives every day and our Medic One program remains a national leader in paramedic training for our fire fighters. Chief Scoggins has an outstanding track record and brings the right kind of experience to Seattle."
Scoggins comes to the Seattle Fire Department from Glendale, CA. He joined the Glendale Fire Department 25 years ago as a fire fighter and rose through the ranks, serving at every level of the department. He was named chief in Glendale in 2008.
"I am honored to serve as the Fire Chief for the City of Seattle," said Scoggins. "I look forward to working with the men and women of Seattle Fire Department to set its course for the future. My family and I are also very excited about the community and all it has to offer."
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Glendale News Press: Glendale Latino Assn. recognizes community leaders
The Glendale Latino Assn. once again recognized a man, woman and organization of the year as part of a now 25-year-old tradition of spotlighting noteworthy leaders and organizations in the community.
Glendale Department Fire Chief Harold Scoggins was presented with the 2015 Man of the Year Award, Toni Beck Espinoza earned the 2015 Woman of the Year title and Glendale Community College won the Organization of the Year award.
More than 100 people filled a dining hall at the Oakmont Country Club for the annual gathering hosted by the association, which since 1990 has worked to promote awareness of Latino cultures and hand out thousands of dollars in student scholarships every year.
City Manager Scott Ochoa, 2014’s man of the year, called up Scoggins to accept his award. During his speech, he said Glendale’s fire service is one of 11 “class 1” rated departments, adding that it couldn’t be done without the entire fire staff.
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NY Times: Cracks Starting to Appear in Public Pensions’ Armor
First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging the widespread belief that public pensions are untouchable.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey delivered the latest blow on Tuesday, when he proposed to freeze that state's public pension plans and move workers into new ones intended not to overwhelm future budgets or impose open-ended demands on taxpayers.
The first crack came in Detroit, where a judge ruled that public pensions could, in fact, be reduced, at least in bankruptcy. Then, just a few weeks ago, an opinion by the bankruptcy judge for Stockton, which emerged from Chapter 9 on Wednesday, called California's mighty public pension system, Calpers, a bully for insisting in court that pension cuts were wholly out of the question.
Such dogma "encourages dysfunctional strategies," wrote the judge, Christopher Klein, chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California. He said Calpers's legal arguments were invalid, and he concluded that it lacked standing to dominate the courtroom discussion the way it had. Stockton did not even seek permission to freeze its pension plans, but the judge nevertheless wrote that it was entitled to do so and went on to cite steps that struggling cities in general should take to trim their pension costs legally.
For starters, he recommended negotiating with their unions.
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NPR: Gov. Scott Walker Goes Head-To-Head With Labor Over Right-To-Work
Wisconsin is set to become the nation's 25th so-called "right-to-work" state. Republicans in the state legislature are fast-tracking a bill to Gov. Scott Walker, who is a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
The state Senate passed a right-to-work bill late Wednesday, and the State Assembly could pass it next week.
The measure aims to weaken private sector unions by letting workers opt out of mandatory dues. Wisconsin Republicans appear to be following an anti-union playbook that's been circling the Midwest.
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2015 Spring Third Rail Newsletter
The Spring Edition of the Third Rail Newsletter is now available in the Document Library.
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"20 Years Later: Honoring Our Brothers", "Aid Car 5" and more!
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LODD Lieutenant Scott B. Schumacher, February 25, 2015
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Scott B. Schumacher of IAFF Local 414 - Kenosha, Wisconsin. Brother Schumacher, 41, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from skin cancer. The Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the at A.F. Siebert Chapel at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140, (262) 551-8500. The Funeral Service will follow immediately after. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Scott's children, Kenosha Fire Fighters C.A.R.E., or the Lakeland Little League program would be appreciated by the family. Other expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 414 at 3030 39th Avenue, Suite 126, Kenosha, WI 53144-4210 or emailed to email@example.com.
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