Fire Chief Richard G. Houren Alton Fire Department 15 december 1961 Resignation

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Fire Chief Richard G. Houren
Alton Fire Department
15 december 1961
Resignation - a Fire Chief Richard G. Houren (left) as he...
a Fire Chief Richard G. Houren (left) as he tendered tendered a loiter of resignation to City Manager Graham W. Watt hi Watt's office this morning. Houren has been chief of the Alton Fire Department since Dec. 4. —Staff Photo. Houren Resigns as Alton Fire Chief Fire Chief Richard G. Houren today tendered his resignation after only 10 days as head of the Alton Fire Department. The resignation was to become effective at 5 p.m. today. In a letter of resignation submitted submitted to City Manager Graham W. Watt, who appointed Houren, the fire chief expressed regret that he had decided to resign, adding adding that "under more favorable circumstances it would have been possible for us to develop a model nodern fire department here in Alton." Houren said he presently has two other good job offers and said it was a matter of either "living here in misery, or taking one of them." Houren told newsmen he had received a number of unsigned 'ttej-s of intimidation," and anonomyous telephone calls. He said one male caller told him that 'Alton is not big enough for both of us." The fire chief asserted that "I don't want my wife and family subjected to things like this from people of this caliber." Commenting on Houren's resignation, resignation, Watt asserted that "Alon "Alon should be proud that we could attract a man of Chief Houren's Portuguese Flee Goa; War Threatens NEW DELHI (AP) — Portuguese Portuguese women and children today vere reported fleeing Goa in increasing increasing numbers as war fever mounted over India's threat to seize the ancient Portuguese territory territory on the subcontinent. Clear of Ice, Year's ability. I think it is a tragedy that conditions were such that we couldn't hold him." Watt said he plans to operate the fire department with Warren Grable as assistant chief in charge of operations and Paul Stilwell as assistant chief in charge of training, personnel and budget. Both men are presently assistant chiefs. Watt' said Grable, senior man on the department, told him on four separate occasions mat he did not want the job of fird chief. .Grable commented, today "that he was "sorry this controversy had to arise." » "It is unfortunate that any political political criticism should be attached attached to any professional duty," he stated. "I would not want any promotion on any basis except the impartial judgment of my qualifications and experience. "I did inform Manager Watt that I did not seek promotion to chief — but that was under the circumstances that prevailed. If the attitude toward me should be kept on a professional, unemotional and just basis, I am ready as any man to go a step higher." Watt said that, for the time being, there will be no acting acting fire chief — the operation of the department will be in the bands of the two assistant chiefs. In reply to queries, Watt indicated no present plans for naming a new clu'ef. Houren lias had more than 19 years of experience in fire pre* -ention and fighting in both military military and civil seivice capacities, ffe has served as fire chief in Skokie, 111., and Marslifiled, Wis., as well as on the fire departments departments of Chicago and Winetka. to to

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 15 Dec 1961, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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