I’m the Firechief Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Part Deux: Houston, we have a problem.

From a source in early February:

Not only does Mr. Greco not have the qualifications but he and his family worked in Young’s campaign and Greco himself was featured in Mr Young’s campaign commercial. Greco was also Young’s sign coordinator.

An added note the Director of Fire Services is supposed to be a State classified position according to the Louisiana Police and Fire Civil Service Board. If it was classified according to law it would not be appointed and the Chief would have to contribute to the Firefighters State Retirement System. Joe Greco retired as a District Chief from the East bank Consolidated Fire Department and retired from the FRS and draws a pension. If the position was classified in state civil service pension contributions for the position would become mandatory. If you retire and come back to work your pension payments stop as you start to contribute to the system again.

If John Young leaves this position unclassified so he can appoint Joe Greco it allows Mr. Greco to draw a 90,000 plus pension from the FRS system and at the same time draw a salary from the parish. Currently the Fire Director is paid 90,000 a year. By not complying with State Law it allows Joe Greco to illegally collect a pension from the FRS at 90,000 a year and a potential salary as Chief for 90,000 for a total of 180,000 a year.

So now that we know the financial angle, what has happened since. Rich Rainey at the T-P fills us in: Continue reading “I’m the Firechief Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Part Deux: Houston, we have a problem.”

I’m the FIRECHIEF ding ding ding ding ding.

Folks there is reality and then there is reality.  Reading Rich Rainey’s 2:36PM story on the firing of East Bank Fire Chief Paul Smith you’d think Young just made up his mind on this and really does not have anyone in mind to replace Smith, the guy who did the repair job in the aftermath of a Deano Bonano’s hatch job on the department for those of you keeping score. (Whew that was a mouthful!)

I’m a Mississippi guy and over here we like our fire personnel to be trained and professional.  Not that long ago for example the City of Gulfport hired a new Chief whose credentials speak for themselves.  There are just some jobs where politics should be kept to a bare minimum IMHO.

Here at Slabbed we’ve known that Mr Smith was a dead man walking literally for a month, maybe more in fact and that his replacement is Joe Greco, a Young campaign supporter who was hired because he was a Young campaign supporter. Greco reportedly has harbored fantasies of being the fire chief for quite some time.  This gives him something in common with my then 3 year old son, who would watch one of his big trucks videos and then run around the house with his fire hat on singing the words in title of this post.

2 other staffers that I will not name also got the axe today as well.

Something tells me the firefighters union won’t be real happy with this turn of events.

I now return you to our regular programming.