No confidence in Wichita Fire Chief
Last month, the Wichita Firefighters IAFF Local 135 polled their members, and 94% of the firefighters stated that they have no confidence in the leadership abilities of their Fire Chief, Ron Blackwell. Also, 97% of them approved a vote of no confidence for Deputy Chief Ron Aaron and Division Chief Billy Wenzel.
Issues with the Fire Administration have been multiplying over the past few years, as the Wichita Fire Administration has violated it’s Memorandum of Agreement with IAFF on multiple occasions. Other issues include giving significant raises to select members of his key staff, during a time where units were taken out of service due to alleged lack of funding. Removing Training Officers and creating civilian positions that are inconsistent with the best interests of Citizen Safety, making numerous decisions against the direction of the City Manager and City Council, making serious errors in the promotional process, and having misplaced budget priorities.
Stand with Wichita's firefighters! Click here to email your city council member and tell them you also have no confidence in the current Fire Administration.