Fire warden, chief clash in ClarendonBy SANDI SWITZER
Correspondent | January 19,2013CLARENDON — Things are heating up between the town’s fire warden and fire chief.
Fire Warden Clayton Rockwell informed the Select Board at its meeting this week he was “stepping down” from the post.
Rockwell did not give specifics, but cited “insubordination, discrimination and disrespect by the fire chief” as his reasons for leaving.
He never referenced the chief by name, but only referred to him as “fire chief.”
Rockwell said he had approached three Clarendon residents to ask if they were interested in the position.
“A lot of people don’t understand all you go through as warden,” Rockwell said.
He added that his workload kept him busy and he could not always “instantly respond” to requests. Select Board Chairman Michael Klopchin asked Rockwell to reconsider his decision.
“I might,” Rockwell said.
Klopchin suggested the fire warden meet with the fire chief to work out their issues.
The board chairman indicated he was willing to arrange a meeting so both men could discuss their concerns.
“You do a good job,” Klopchin told the warden.
Rockwell, who has served as fire warden since 2001, agreed to temporarily withdraw his resignation. A number of residents in attendance at the meeting thanked him for reconsidering.
Norman Flanders is chief of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department. He did not return telephone messages seeking comment.MORE IN Local & StateThree Tomatoes Trattoria’s wood-fired ovens will cool at the end of the month as the downtown... Full StoryLast week I talked about the headaches Yelp can cause for restaurants. Full Story
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