NOFD commissioners table chief's removal, discuss policy

Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM.

During the Sept. 20 meeting, several commissioners and Cutler agreed that communication between them needed to improve.

Gene Wright, a former commissioner, suggested seeking outside advice.

“In the history of North Okaloosa, we try to recreate the wheel all by ourselves,” Wright said. He suggested asking other fire stations how they handle disciplinary actions.

Commissioners decided to move next month’s meeting to Nov. 13, when Holloway will submit a revised version of the disciplinary policy to the board for approval. Holloway also said he plans to contact the attorney general input.

Next meeting’s agenda will include welcoming new commissioners. Sauls’ and Anderson's terms are up after next month's meeting, according to the NOFD website, Anderson will retire; Paul Skarzynski and Rollin E. Rathbun III are running for his post on the Nov. 6 election ballot. Sauls will run against Todd L. McGirr.

Discussion of removing Cutler as fire chief followed talk of a firefighter’s gun accidentally being discharged in the firehouse last year with nobody reporting the incident. Cutler’s supporters defended his record during last month’s meeting.

After the meeting adjourned, Cutler said he had no comment toward the meeting's outcome.

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