Vatter retired in 2000 after working more than 20 years for Newburgh in the Fire Department.
The former Chief, Christopher Barrett retired in the beginning of September. That left an opening for many of the current Fire Fighters to fill.
The job has been vacant since.
Why you ask? Why would NOT ONE of the Fire Fighters apply for or accept an offer to apply for the Chief position??
Even the Departments Assistant Chiefs all turned down the chance to apply.
THEY KNOW THAT THE PROMOTION cannot replace the PROTECTION OF THEIR UNION CONTRACT.
Hmmmmmmmmm - THOSE ARE SMART PEOPLE WORKING IN THAT NEWBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT.
This PROVES something - There's POWER in THE UNION.