Chief's Policy Brings 2 More Suspensions (The Washington Post) 04/04/01
Fenty agrees with GLAA on former Chief Few
Adrian M. Fenty
Councilmember - Ward 4 Democrat
Council of the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. 20004
Office: (202) 724-8052
Fax: (202) 724-8120
July 19, 2002
Bob Summersgill, President
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
P.O. Box 75265
Washington, DC 20013-0265
Dear Mr. Summersgill:
Please allow me to respond to a closed copy letter I received, which you had sent to Councilmember Kathy Patterson. In this letter, you expressed the approval with which the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) greeted the resignation of Fire Chief Ronnie Few. Furthermore, you also enclosed a letter to Mayor Anthony Williams, dated June 6, 2001, in which you expressed GLAA's concerns about Chief Few's policy on grooming.
In response to these letters, I would like you to know that I acknowledge and appreciate the observations and objections you raised.
As you may well know, I was among the first members of the Council of the District of Columbia to express my concerns about the recurrent inconsistencies in Chief Few's resume. Moreover, I had grave reservations about Chief Few's policies and his style of management. Essentially, I believed that Chief Few was creating a work environment, which undermined the morale and dignity of our city's firefighters. To me, this was not acceptable.
Naturally, I am pleased that GLAA openly expressed deeply held concerns about not only the safety of our firefighters, but also the safety of the District of Columbia's citizens and visitors. As you succinctly stated: "Appearance of safety... is not safety."
In closing, I would like to add that I firmly support your stance on sensitivity training. I expect better of the next fire chief.
Thank you for close copying the letters to me. Should GLAA have any concerns or need any assistance, always feel free to contact me.
Adrian M. Fenty
Councilmember, Ward 4