Ousted Travis fire chief reinstated; District No. 11 board puts chief on 30-day probationary period

April 24, 2004 | In The News, Tim Herman

By Kate Alexander, American-Statesman Staff
Austin American-Statesman

A newly rejiggered board of the Emergency Services District No. 11 reinstated Fire Chief Mike Herman on Wednesday night, to the dismay of his vocal critics.

Del Valle businessman Bill Swinney, appointed Tuesday by the Travis County Commissioners Court, tipped the balance of the 3-2 vote in favor of reappointing Herman as head of Travis County Fire Rescue for a 30-day probationary period.

The board will conduct a full performance review and then decide his future employment. (more…)

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Fire chief fails in bid to keep job

April 24, 2004 | In The News, Sean Breen, Tim Herman

Without explanation, board votes for ouster; Chief’s lawyer claims open meetings violation

By Kate Alexander, American-Statesman Staff
Austin American-Statesman

Outside the tiny trailer that houses the board of Emergency Services District No. 11, the dense humidity Friday night portended a coming thunder-storm. Inside, the tension was no less dense as Travis County Fire and Rescue Chief Mike Herman futilely fought for his job, despite the vocal support of high-level public safety officials from the Austin Fire Department and Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services. And the aftermath of the boards vote not to reinstate Herman is likely to be fierce. Herman’s lawyer, Sean Breen, said immediately after the meeting that the decision violated the Texas Open Meetings Act and was invalid. (more…)

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