Stanstead Still Singing Fire Chief Blues
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.