Mayor Williams Vetoes Ordinance to Eliminate Positions From the City's Fire Department

Posted on  07/18/2014 4:16 pm

Today, Mayor Dennis P. Williams vetoed an ordinance approved by City Council, which attempted to eliminate eight positions from the Wilmington Fire Department. Mayor Williams, joined by Chief of Fire Anthony Goode, supportive members of City Council and members of the Wilmington Fire Fighter Association IAFF 1590, signed the veto letter during a press conference held at Wilmington Fire Department Station Four.

In his letter vetoing Ordinance 14-036, Mayor Williams explained this ordinance jeopardizes the City’s ability to serve and protect the citizens.

“With the high demand for police, fire and emergency medical services, eliminating positions from either public safety department threatens the safety of the citizens and our City,” said Mayor Williams. “I refuse to play a game of ‘financial chicken’ with our citizens’ lives and welfare in the balance.”

In spite of the veto, the Mayor’s letter expressed hope that a compromise with City Council could be reached where mutual areas of responsibility can be respected and the best interest of the citizens can be served.

“My Administration remains committed to reducing the size of government. However, I believe the effort to control spending should be one that is collaborative and shared, and not done at the expense of public safety,” said Mayor Williams.