Stanstead Still Singing Fire Chief Blues

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

July’s Town Coun­cil meet­ing was quiet, as is typ­i­cal for this time of year. The meet­ing com­menced at 7:00 PM and ended an hour later. On the agenda were some mi­nor items, in­clud­ing the nom­i­na­tion of Ed­win John Sullivan, Town Clerk, as As­sis­tant Gen­eral Di­rec­tor. Mr. Sullivan will be per­form­ing the Gen­eral Di­rec­tor du­ties when Guil­laume Labbé is un­avail­able.

Al­though the crowd was small, three lo­cal fire­men were present due to the re­cent sus­pen­sion of Stanstead`s fire Chief on June 27th. The mayor, ac­cord­ing to ar­ti­cle 52, has the right to sus­pend any town em­ployee un­til the fol­low­ing Town Coun­cil meet­ing, where a deci- sion will be taken as to whether the em­ployee will be fired or re­tained.

Mayor Du­til opened the meet­ing last night claim­ing that there would be no de­tails given con­cern­ing Mr. Runci­man`s sus­pen­sion, as the in­for­ma­tion was con­fi­den­tial. Later in the meet­ing, when the de­ci­sion was de­clared that the Town has de­cided to fire Mr.. Runci­man, the fire­men in at­ten­dance did not pose any ques­tions. Mayor Du­til went on to an­nounce that Mr. Jean Fluet, cap­tain of the vol­un­teer fire depart­ment, will act as in­terim Fire Chief un­til a new chief is ap­pointed. As Mr. Runci­man was not present at the meet­ing, he will be ad­vised of the Town`s de­ci­sion via reg­is­tered letter. Mr. Runci­man was not avail­able for com­ment.

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