Texas Fire Chief Resigns Amidst Nepotism Allegations

The fire chief of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 4 has resigned under pressure from the district board after it was revealed that his two daughters and his future son-in-law were on the payroll. Flo Soliz resigned effective Monday. He had been fire chief since 2010.

 

What is unclear from news reports is whether this was simply another firefighter being caught-up in a well-intentioned but overly-broad nepotism policy, or whether ethical boundaries had actually been crossed in terms of hiring and supervision.

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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