TRUMBULL COUNTY Vienna Twp. fire chief decides not to resign
The chief had resigned last month after being suspended.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
VIENNA -- The township's fire chief has decided to stay.
During Monday's trustee meeting, Fire Chief Richard Brannon told trustees that he no longer wishes to resign.
"Trustee Mark Finamore apologized to me and said he didn't want me to resign," Brannon said today. "It made me feel very good to know that I had the trustees' support. I'm glad to be back."
Finamore could not be reached to comment.
Brannon, who has been with the fire department for 27 years, stressed that his job is very important to him.
"I was suppose to be gone this week celebrating my 30-year wedding anniversary but felt I needed to be here and take care of this matter," Brannon said.
He said his wife, Patricia, and other family members also attended the meeting.
"The meeting was packed with supporters for the chief," said Peggy DeRubba, township clerk.
Brannon resigned last month after he was suspended for two days because of an argument with Eddie Thomas, Giant Eagle LPGA Classic executive director.
Finamore had said that he suspended Brannon because on the afternoon of July 16 he received a telephone call from Thomas saying that the fire chief threatened to shut down the tournament if minor code violations were not fixed.
Finamore said he was unable to reach Brannon or Trustee Glenn Wireman, so he called Trustee Jeffrey Dreves, and the decision was made to suspend Brannon for the duration of the tournament.
Brannon said he spoke only about two sentences to Thomas and never made any threats. He said a fire hydrant was blocked by Ford show cars and generators needed to be grounded.
"Mark told me that he felt he overreacted," Brannon said. "At the time they suspended me, I felt like they didn't trust me because they didn't even get my side of the story. That hurt me but it's over now, and I'm glad to be back."