An internal dispute at the Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department flared up October 3rd in a public meeting. Two members of the townships’ Fire Protection Board made statements about the issue. The Board members said they were being pressured to resign. Board chairman John Moore was the first to address the issue before the Monroe County Commissioners. He detailed a recent phone call from Commissioner Patrick Stoffers.
The County Commissioners appoint the members of the Fire Protection Board. Another Board member, Roger Stewart, said Stoffers also asked him to resign. Stewart alluded to a rift within the fire department.
Stewart and Moore didn’t give details of the accusations against them, and Stoffers didn’t respond to their comments. Moore said the Board met with the Commissioners on July 25th.
The department is in the midst of remodeling and adding on to its station. Two firefighters came to the defense of the embattled Board members. Craig Patnode said there have been improvements at the fire department since Stewart and Moore joined the Board.
Only one person spoke against the Board members. Joe McWhorter said he has been in the department for more than 40 years. He accused the Board of ignoring the established chain of command.
Stoffers asked County attorney Jeff Cockerill to set up a hearing for the two Board members.