While most of the news reported on TV-22 is generated from Marion City and County government, occasionally news comes from the small villages and townships of our area. This week First Consolidated Fire District in the Village of Caledonia has grabbed news headlines. The story involves mystery, no comments, packed meeting rooms and unofficial sources speaking out.
The story concerns First Consolidated Fire Chief Clint Canterbury. He has been fire chief for several years and is well known throughout the entire county as a very progressive and innovative public leader. Canterbury has been a leader in his efforts to support consolidation of services and departments to better serve our community.
According to people who know, First Consolidated Fire District is one of the better firefighting and rescue departments around. Canterbury has stepped to forefront many times in working with the Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners, Sheriff and many other city and county departments and leaders to provide the best possible service at the most efficient cost for the tax payers.
The problem begins when the fire board members of his district, stunned the Chief and the entire community when they voted to get rid of their chief by placing him on an unpaid administrative leave. They offered no reasons or explanations to the public and dodged all attempts by the news media to qualify their actions.
So, how can a fire chief who is widely-known, respected, and considered to be at the top of the ladder, be so easily dismissed and have his entire career threatened? Watch the video below for more.