28 November 1949 Richard George Houren
Merrill Fire Chief Resigns to Take Marshfield Post MERRILL, Nov. 28 — (Special) —Richard G. Houren, fire chief in Merrill since last June 17, has accepted n similar post at Marshfield Marshfield and will take up his duties there Dec. 1. he has announced. At Marshfield he will replace Rod Porter, who resigned recently. In a letter of resignation to the Merrill police and fire commission, Houren snid: "I regret that due to existing political political conditions within the city of Merrill and constant interference in the running of my department, I deem it wise to tender my resignation resignation as chief of the Merrill fire- department, effective as of Dec. 1." Houren's letter expressed his appreciation appreciation for the "consideration and cooperation" of the members of the police and fire commission, indicating indicating he was not referring to j the commissioners when he spoke .of the "constant interference" he encountered in running his depart- ment. Houren was considered one of tha I "most likely" prospects applying for, the Rhinelander fire chief's job, but he accepted the Merrill post before the Rhinelander police and fire commission had a chance to act on his application.