Board voted to terminate fire official

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Boone Fire Protection District board did indeed vote to fire Assistant Chief Bruce Piringer on June 20, according to an Aug. 17 affidavit signed by Board President Willis Smith. The affidavit, filed in response to a pending lawsuit from Piringer, counters previous claims that Fire Chief Steve Paulsell fired Piringer without the necessary board approval.

The affidavit states “that the board at said meeting voted to terminate the employment of Bruce Piringer based upon the discussions had at said meeting and also voted to authorize Steve Paulsell to negotiate a settlement with Bruce Piringer.”

The affidavit acknowledges the ambiguity of the meeting’s minutes.

“That while the minutes of the meeting may not clearly show said vote, in fact, the board did vote to terminate Bruce Piringer and it was the decision of the board to do so,” the document states. Rather than saying that the board voted to fire Piringer, the meeting’s minutes state that Paulsell addressed “personnel problems” and that the board voted to authorize Paulsell to negotiate a settlement package with Piringer.

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