Washington fire board gets new city representative

Washington fire board gets new city representative

By WEEK Reporter

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Washington has a new representative on the city's fire board.

William Gallaway was nominated by Mayor Gary Manier, and approved by the city council tonight.

The spot opened after three fire board members stepped down last week, following a heated meeting about the fire chief's contract.

Gallaway previously served as President of the city's Fire Department Board of Directors.

Mayor Manier said the recent outcry from residents tells city leaders more control on the board is needed.

But he also says even with Gallaway's appointment, that will not happen.

"With only two seats we're still not gonna have control on it," said Mayor Manier. "There's still going to be five independent thinkers who hopefully protect our interest from a financial standpoint."

The city also wants to take a closer look at the $600,000 fire services contract.

Discussion on that topic has been removed from next week's agenda so the city can further examine it.