Press Release: Fire Chief Cleared of All Allegations
Editor’s note: The following press released was issued by Mayor David Narkewicz today. It announces the release of Human Resources Director Glenda Stoddard’s investigation into a series of complaints lodged against Fire Chief Brian Duggan by the International Association of Firefighters Local 108.
Stoddard’s report can be viewed here.
CITY OF NORTHAMPTON
Mayor David J. Narkewicz
210 Main Street Room 12
Northampton, MA 01060-3199
Mayor Releases Investigation Results: Chief Brian Duggan Cleared of Allegations
Mayor David J. Narkewicz released the findings of an investigation into eleven allegations against Fire Chief Brian Duggan forwarded to him by IAFF Local 108, the Northampton Firefighters union on April 5, 2012.
The investigation, conducted by Human Resources Director, Glenda Stoddard, concluded that Chief Duggan has not engaged in misconduct or acted inappropriately in his role as Fire Chief. Most importantly, the report finds no evidence to support Local 108’s allegations that either public safety or the safety of firefighters has been jeopardized by Chief Duggan. The eleven page report addresses each of the union’s allegations individually and cites city documents to support many of the findings.
Mayor Narkewicz reviewed the report with Chief Duggan earlier today before releasing it. Although investigations of this nature are considered personnel matters and not subject to public disclosure, Chief Brian Duggan requested that the results be publicly released. Mayor Narkewicz accepted the report’s findings and issued the following brief statement:
“I commend Chief Duggan for his professionalism, composure, and openness throughout this very public investigation of his leadership and reputation, and for his willingness to work with Local 108 to move beyond it. The Local 108 Executive Board and all firefighters need to understand that Chief Duggan has both my confidence and support and will continue to command the Northampton Fire Department. I urge them to refocus, follow the Chief’s example, and work together to move the department forward. Our critical mission of protecting public safety is simply too important for this kind of divisive and unproductive behavior.”