08/06/08 138 W - + 8 - 11 Wake County Fire Commission Vacancy Update

The Wake County Board of Commissioners last night appointed Barbara Poole to fill the vacant citizen seat on the Wake County Fire Commission. Ms. Poole is a former member of the Eastern Wake Fire Department board. You can watch this decision on the web. Starting watching the August 4 meeting at 4:30:37. Nearly 20 people applied, believe it or not, including some of our blog readers. The names of applicants and their resumes were are available on the meeting item agenda, but appear to have been since removed. The meeting includes a discussion of geographic representation of the Fire Commission, and notably the preponderance of members from the eastern side of the county. There was also a lot of laughter during the voting, which took a couple iterations until one nominee received a majority vote.

Oh well, I tried…..
Silver - 08/06/08 - 20:28

Those in the know, what are the secrets to securing an appointment to county commissions? I presume making yourself known to one or more commissioners is a good start. What else?
Legeros - 08/06/08 - 21:55

Now, let me start by saying that I may be somewhat biased. Barbara Poole is one of my family’s oldest friends, and before her late husband died, he was a part of my stepfather’s group of friends. NOW, with that said:

Barbara Poole has been active in the support of public safety since before her husband died, but the circumstances of his death led her to be even more involved, especially on the EMS side. She is a woman who speaks her mind, and does so while still being diplomatic.

Of course, being somewhat self-made and having political clout is also a plus…
CJS (Email) - 08/07/08 - 04:58

Were – are – arenít available. The link is available at the bottom of the page, however it is a link to nowhere.
stretch - 08/07/08 - 08:06

...are available.
Now - 08/07/08 - 09:40

I tried the link, i still get the “sorry. not available” message….
Silver - 08/07/08 - 10:02

I’ve found it…..
Silver - 08/07/08 - 10:16

Funny how 2 “ex” Eastern Wake board members sit on the Fire Commission.
TJ - 08/07/08 - 10:51

TJ , and to those who are questioning the 2 “ex” members…Keep in mind they are “ex” Board Members. Do you know the circumstances to why they are “ex” members? So, before you or others jump on the band wagon with the “ex” crap, find out why they are “ex” and you might change your stance or opinions to them. “EX” means they are no longer associated with that organization and they either quit (on their on account), were asked to leave, or just plain out did not get voted in. If you look at the Primary and Alternatives, seems to be equal representation there, 2 citizens from the east side and I am not sure where the 4 others live? Anybody know?

Here are some questions I have:

1. Why are there 16 members on a Commission?
2. Why are there mostly Fire Chiefs’ on the Commission?
3. Why is there a rep. from the Town of Wendell? Why can’t the other towns have a rep?
4. There are only 5 citizens seats, why?
5. The Wake County Fireman’s Association, what do they do?
[WC Fire ?] - 08/07/08 - 11:37

I’ll try to answer WC Fire’s questions….

1) The number of members can vary, based on municipal participation in the single tax district. The current makeup is:

– 1 Board of Commissioner member
– 4 Fire Services Representatives (one from each region, historically a Chief)
– 1 Wake County Firefighter’s Association president
– 5 Citizens/Public Consumers
– One seat per municipality that has joined the service tax district (currently only Wendell)
– All the others are alternates and only vote if their primary member is absent

2) The regions can elect whomever to represent them. Historically, they’ve chosen Chiefs due to their availability for meetings and such

3) Wendell joined the service tax district, meaning that property owners pay fire tax just like everyone in the County. Fire protection for the Town of Wendell is provided by the County. Any other town that does the same thing would get a seat on the Commission.

4) The intent is to balance representation so that neither side (fire service or public/citizen) has more seats.

5) My advice…see http://www.wakefirefighters.org

Hope that helps…
Chris (Email) - 08/07/08 - 13:26

WC Fire, for question #5 did you mean “The Wake County Firemanís Association [seat], what do[es] [that representative] do?” I believe the purpose of the WCFA seat is representation of the men and women of the county fire departments, and watching over their interests. That’s my take, at least.
Legeros - 08/08/08 - 07:27

Safe to say that vote solidifies Eastern Wake st.2’s safety spot OFF the closure list….
boo hiss - 08/10/08 - 11:05

FYI, the Wake County web team was notified of the periodic unavailability of those agenda attachment items. They advise they are working to resolve same.
Legeros - 08/13/08 - 04:15

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