Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wait For It
Let's put aside all the questions as to who hired the consultant to prepare a report on the Sturbridge Fire Department, and all the other questions as to why, let's just deal with the contents of the report.
First, we need to go a bit further, and dismiss the level of experience the consultant may have in preparing reports; we really don't know what his experience is. What we do know is he has been a fire chief in his town, and a police chief, and that his town of Mendon thinks enough of his experience to allow him to do both. That alone speaks volumes. His ability to run a business utilizing his experience is also noteworthy.
Now, lets just look at the report. Is any of it true? Yes. Were there things mentioned in the report that were already being addressed by the department, and the town? Apparently, yes. Are there things within the report that need correction? Yes.
And, finally, were there things reported that were purposely over zealous examples, or had been explained by the Chief prior to the writing of the report? Was the reports purpose more of "witch hunt", and not a true investigative / corrective endeavor?
At the moment, those questions are subjective. We can only go by what has been told to us by the Town Administrator, and what has been revealed at public meetings.
So, based on what we have been told, heard, and seen thus far; was the report needed, required, accurate, and most of all, will it lead to positive change? Or, will it sit in a desk drawer somewhere, and the only action coming from the report will be to support actions made against the Chief?
I don't have a clue, but I feel I am up to speed thus far, and now, like you, just waiting for the next episode.
Corrective Actions, not disciplinary, would be best. Which direction will the town go will answer those current, unanswerable, subjective questions.
Wait for it. I'm afraid there is more to come.