This story just burns me so I will cut to the chase.
Fire Chief Bob Williams of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department has no honor.
Now let me take you back down memory lane. In December 2009 in the waning days of public safety commissioner Ron Kim, just one week shy of the swearing in of his replacement Rick Wirth, Kim named Capt. Bob Williams as chief of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department on December 23, 2009. Williams is a 25-year member of the department and a third-generation city firefighter. His father, Thomas, served as chief of the department and his grandfather was a department member from 1932 to 1954.
On the same day Kim named Cole as police chief. He also made the unprecedented decision to wave their probationary period so there was nothing Rick Wirth could do to reverse his decision. This was an arbitrary, bitter last stab in the back of the city by the seemingly mentally unstable Ron Kim. A man who only a week before physically and verbally attacked me in the public library in front of children on a Saturday morning.
Within weeks of Wirth taking over, Williams was already blotting to “get Wirth” The department would have some openings and one Wirth filled with Phil Turcotte. Turcotte was a no-brainer as a fully trained and qualified firefighter and a graduate of the Utica Fire Academy. Turcotte quit his secure job as a firefighter in the Albany airport to take his position in the Spa city department.
From the day he set foot in the department Willians was out to get him. He had recommended another name from the list to Rick Wirth and he was incensed that he hadn’t heeded his wise counsel. After all who was Rick Wirth to question his judgement?
There was only one problem. By all accounts Phil Turcotte was capable fireman and an all-round nice guy. The fact that the city didn’t have to foot the bill for his firefighter training was an added bonus. So when it came time for Turcotte’s paramedic internship, Williams had his number one ass kissing minion intern Turcotte. Needless to say this pole smoker failed Turcotte during his internship. Even though he passed all the state required tests he was failed on subjective matters that are under the exclusive domain of his instructor.
That chiefs ass kissing lackey will be the next Lieutenant hired in the department. His name is Mike Evans, just wait it will happen very soon. Next 6 weeks or so. In the politics of the Saratoga Springs Fire department it’s not how good a fireman you are all but who can blow the most smoke up Chief Williams ass.
And for Chief Ass kisser and boot licker Mike Evans the reward is a Lieutenants badge.
Later this week look for part 2. Tomorrow Mamatoga wars. Why Saratoga TODAY owner, Chad Beatty is such a Dick.
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