Ann Arbor firefighters union president expresses concerns upon departure of fire chief
The president of the Ann Arbor firefighters union has issued a public response to the retirement of Fire Chief Dominick Lanza, saying he's disappointed by the chief's decision but understands Lanza has obligations to his family.
Click here to read Schroeder's full letter, in which he expresses concerns about continued threats to the fire department's budget, closing of stations, and dwindling staff numbers.
Since 2002, there have been four appointed chiefs of the Ann Arbor Fire Department, as well as four interim chiefs, Schroeder said. As with any organization without consistent leadership, he said, the Ann Arbor Fire Department has suffered as a result.
City officials have no plans for replacing Lanza yet, said Mayor John Hieftje.
The City Council recently was presented with options for trimming nearly $1.2 million from the fire department's budget over the next two years. That includes eliminating up to 13 firefighter positions.
Click here to download the budget analysis.
Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for AnnArbor.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-623-2529.