Fire department spending, training hot topic at BOCC meeting

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 05:46 PM.

Commissioner Lynn Gothard, who is married to Fire Chief Al Gothard, asked Thompson if she had gone to the fire chief for answers before coming to the board.

“Did you have anything to do with the TV reporter being here this morning?” Gothard asked Thompson, referring to WHJG’s reporter Bergen Baucom, who was in attendance.

“Your questions aren’t impartial,” Commissioner Joel Pate said to Gothard. “She’s got a vested interest in the fire department.”

Chairman Alan Bush said he would like Thompson to present her findings to Fire Chief Gothard and allow him a chance to reply to the questions at a future date.

“I would like the board to consider some of the things I asked for,” Thompson said. “It looks like on a lot of things the county dropped the ball.”

Thompson suggested the county contact the state Fire Chiefs Association to conduct an independent audit of the fire department, but Commissioner Todd Abbott said the process could be handled in house.

“We have a county inventory control clerk,” Abbott said.

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