Five city firefighters appealed their layoffs to the Steubenville Civil Service Commission Tuesday afternoon, citing failure to provide adequate notice and disputing the city's claim of insufficient funds. Terence Cooper. Kristopher Dight, Justin Boley, Mike Bess and Chad Smith were officially laid off Monday. "I will have to excuse myself from future proceedings regarding this issue because I also serve as a negotiator for the city," said commission member Rob D'Anniballe during the emergency meeting. "I suggest we find a hearing examiner who will hold a hearing on these issues. The examiner will issue a recommendation with a findings of fact after hearing and reviewing the evidence," proposed Law Director S. Gary Repella.