firefighters

Embezzlement sentence
4:17 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Brentwood city administrator gets probation in embezzlement case

Brentwood City Hall, Brentwood, Mo.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The former city administrator for Brentwood, Mo. is on probation for the next five years, including six months of house arrest, for embezzling about $30,000 from the mid-county municipality.

Christopher A. Seemayer will also have to pay a fine of $2,000 and make restitution of $15,383 to the city. He pleaded guilty in June to two counts of federal program theft for taking cash advances on the city of Brentwood credit card to use while gambling at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.  The city, unaware of Seemayer's actions, paid the bills with city funds.

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St. Louis SAFER grant
1:19 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

St. Louis gets SAFER grant for firefighters

Firefighters from IAFF Local 73 on the day they learned about possible layoffs. A federal grant may allow the city to avoid those layoffs.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Will be updated as more information becomes available

Firefighters in the city of St. Louis got some better news today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the department will receive $3.2 million federal funds over the next two years in the form of a SAFER grant. (That stands for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.)

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St. Louis Firefighter Layoffs
5:13 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

St. Louis firefighter layoffs postponed again

Firefighter Jeff Ratermann (bkgd) and Mayor Francis Slay listen to a presentation about the city's budget during a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The Board delayed laying off 30 firefighters for another week.
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The "long and arduous" fight over the budget for the city's fire department will go on for another week.

The three-member Board of Estimate and Apportionment tabled the layoffs of 30 firefighters at the request of Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Reed, comptroller Darlene Green, and Mayor Francis Slay will make the ultimate decision about the layoffs.

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St. Louis Fire Department
3:16 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

St. Louis firefighters respond to comptroller's furlough proposal

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis firefighters were told last week that they'd be subject to 30 layoffs. Yesterday, Comptroller Darlene Green said she would push a plan to furlough firefighters instead of laying them off.

Today, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, the firefighters have responded.

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St. Louis Fire Department
5:15 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

City of St. Louis to lay off 30 firefighters

Firefighters from International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 73 examine proposed changes to their contracts.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis firefighters union lashed out at city hall today after the mayor announced the layoffs of 30 firefighters.

The mayor's office claims that firefighter pension payments are doubling to nearly $11 million in just two years and risk bankrupting city government.

Chris Molitor is the President of Firefighters Local 73.  Among other things, he accused the mayor of refusing to negotiate in good faith.

"When I woke up this morning, I had to see if I was living in Wisconsin or St. Louis, Missouri…this is wrong," Molitor said.

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Morning round-up
9:38 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the city will lay off 30 firefighters. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced late last night that the city will lay off 30 firefighters. Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says the city will cut 24 more positions through attrition, bringing the cuts to nearly 10 percent of the departments 600 firefighters. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says the layoffs will not impact public safety.
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Firefighters Retirement System
4:35 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Aldermen slow down bill on funding firefighter pensions

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

There’s been a temporary delay in a new skirmish between the city and its fire department.

Ald. Matt Villa has held a bill that aims to change the way certain benefits for firefighters are funded.

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