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Local 644 Plays Major Role In Selection Of New Fire Chief


It is always great news when we hear that our Locals get to participate in the selection of their chief officers.  It really shows how great things can be achieved when our communities and elected officials work with labor!  Below is a brief description of Lincoln's new fire chief, as well as the role that Local 644 played in the process:

"Mayor Chris Beutler has chosen Micheal Despain, Fire Chief for Clovis, California, as Lincoln's new Fire Chief.  Already approved by the Lincoln City Council, he will be sworn in by the Mayor and take over the post July 18th.  Despain has been the Clovis Fire Chief for about four years.  He also served Clovis as a Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief from 2003 to 2006.  From 2006 to 2012, he served as Deputy Fire Chief and Interim Chief for the City of Fresno, California.  Despain has a bachelor's degree in Management and Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific College and a master's degree in Human Resource Management from National University in Fresno. He also is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.

As part of two national searches, IAFF Local 644 hosted meet and greet events in which 7 finalists were considered.  These events provided the opportunity for IAFF members, elected officials, other city directors, the public and the media to meet each finalist and ask questions through individual and group conversations.  IAFF Local 644 also had 2 representatives participate in the formal panel interviews for each candidate.  We look forward to working with Chief Despain to enhance service to the citizens, safety for IAFF members, and the cooperative labor/management relationship."

Congratulations to Chief Michael Despain, and strong work to Local 644!  If you need any assistance in these matters, please feel free to have your local leadership contact us!

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Missouri Supreme Court Strengthens Collective Bargaining Laws

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday afternoon on three key cases that very much strengthened the collective bargaining rights of public employees. See the following article for a brief synopsis...!/content/28146/sc_pub_employees_112012

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