District of Columbia Fire Chief Ronnie Few resigned his post amid charges of
inaccuracies on his résumé.
Last month, The Washington Post reported that a resume for Few, given to the
D.C. Council when he was nominated for the fire chief's job in June 2000, listed
a college degree that Few does not have and a "Chief of the Year"
award from a labor organization that gives no such award.
That led several D.C. council members and the city's firefighters union to
call for the chief's ouster. Initially, Few was defiant, saying first that the
errors were added by an aide in his former fire department in Augusta, Ga.,
and then blaming the mayor's office for adding the inaccuracies.
City Administrator John A. Koskinen and Inspector General Charles C. Maddox
had been separately investigating the resume errors. Despite criticism of Few,
Mayor Anthony Williams had refused to fire the chief, saying he would wait for
the outcome of Koskinen's inquiry.
Few's troubles weren't limited to his resume: The fire department has faced
criticism for a thinning reserve fleet of fire engines, slow response times,
inadequate preparation for hazardous materials emergencies, and poor morale.
He has feuded constantly with the union, which originally supported his nomination.