Two Fire Officers Among America’s Worst Bosses of 2014

The 2014 list of America’s 100 Worst Bosses is out and the good news is only two of them are firefighters.

The list is compiled annually by eBossWatch, whose team of experts consists of an impressive panel of workplace professionals. This years 100 worst bosses includes a good number of public sector bosses including 19 law enforcement officers, five judges, and three mayors, as well as city councilmen, city/county managers, and local building officials.

The firefighter nominees are New Smyrna Beach, Florida Battalion Chief Michael Coats and Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks.

Chief Coats was ranked 31 and Commissioner Brooks was ranked 93. Both men had been accused in law suits of sexual harassment.

Here is a link to the entire list.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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