Richard George Houren 9 December 1949 Resignation at Merrill, Wisconsin.
Commission Irked By 'Meddling' in Fire Chief Matter Merrill's police and fire commission, apparently Irked by the "meddling" which caused Fire Chief Richard G. ttouren to resign and take a similar post fct Marshfield, has published a statement In which it blasts the police and fire committee of the common council for interfering lh affairs of the lire department there. Pointing out that state laws give a police and fire commission the right to hire and fire the chiefs of the two departments, the commission statement says the council's committee on several occasions ignored the law. The latest usurpation o£ the rights of the commission by the committee was the naming of an acting chief, the statement adds. The statement says the commission on several occasions was "fully informed" of the provisions of the statute but continued to ignore them. "It was this continuous meddlinc in matters that did not concern the committee and its unjust treatment of the chief (Houren) that finally made it so unpleasant for him that he resigned," the statement continues. "His handling of the Merrill Box company fire indicates that much progress has' been made by the Merrill fire department during the short time he was with us. It is very regrettable that such ill- considered acts on the part of certain council members should so jeopardize the fire protection of our city." Then the commission's statement says the action of the committee in natning an acting fire chief is illegal and explains that the commission is considering the appointment of a hew chief.