One South Florida police chief forced out, another says “I’m not going anywhere”

North Miami Beach Police Chief Rafael Hernandez Jr. has been fired for “administrative reasons,” according to City Manager Lyndon Bonner. The department’s police union isn’t buying this explanation, though, believing instead that the chief’s termination has to do with the city manager’s demands that the police department reduce its budget. “It’s sketchy on why the chief got fired,” said Officer Mike Pons, the International Union of Police Associations representative….

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Fire union president wants chief removed from internal and external investigations of firefighters

The president of the Lawrence firefighters union has requested in writing that Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford be removed as sole authority in investigations of internal and external complaints filed against department members. Lt. Kathy Elkins, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1596, contends that Chief Bradford “knowingly made false statements in reference to the incident and the investigation” that resulted in the termination…

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Albuquerque Fire Chief Under Political Attack

From The fallout continues after Darren White’s retirement as Albuquerque public safety director. Fire chief James Breen is under attack for not standing up to White after the former public safety director claimed paramedics weren’t equipped to take his wife to the hospital after a car accident. Breen, who faces a no-confidence vote next week, wrote a memo to all firefighters, saying that there “seems to be blood…

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