Klamath County: Rocky Point Fire Department moves questioned

  • Source: Klamath Falls Herald and News
  • Published: 01/25/2014 10:11 PM

Recent changes at the Rocky Point Fire Department have raised concerns with volunteer firefighters, the public and at least two of the district’s five directors. Those two have resigned, leaving the remaining directors to appoint new members. The controversy started when Fire Chief John Koutouzos suggested increasing his stipend, adding a part-time assistant fire chief and starting a “sleepover” program to better man the Rocky Point fire station. According to a release singed by three department volunteers and released Jan. 21, several volunteers questioned if the district’s budget could sustain those costs. The performance of Chief Koutouzos also was questioned. Koutouzos’ recommendations were approved during a Dec. 30, 2013, meeting of the fire district’s directors, according to the release. The changes were voted in, 3-1, with the president of the board noting they could not vote on the decision. The three volunteers that sent the release noted they took a private vote on no confidence in the fire directors and Koutouzos, which they decided to make public after the results December and January meetings.


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