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Boston fire chief resigns, citing Marathon response criticism

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Boston's fire chief announced his resignation Monday, saying public criticism from his deputies for the way he responded to the marathon bombings has made it impossible for him to do his job.

Chief Steve Abraira said in a letter that his resignation is effective Friday.

Thirteen of the department's 14 deputy chiefs complained to Mayor Tom Menino in a letter 11 days after the April 15 bombings that Abraira's failure to take command of the scene was indefensible and part of a pattern of shirking leadership.

"You can unequivocally consider this letter a vote of no confidence in Chief Abraira," said the letter, which was first reported by The Boston Globe.

Abraira has said his command staff had the bombing scene under control and he acted according to national standards, which dictate the chief takes charge only if something's going wrong.

In his resignation letter, he wrote, "The baseless attacks by the Deputy Chiefs, especially their actions of making this a matter of public debate by leaking their letter of April 26th to the press, has made it impossible for me to continue to do my job."

He said he never had support from "a number" of department members because he was hired from outside the department in 2011.

Abraira, the city's first Hispanic chief, was also the first hired from outside the department's own union. He previously led the Dallas department and was an assistant chief in Miami.

Abraira thanked Menino and Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser for their backing.

"Both of you, on countless occasions, have resisted both private and public efforts to undermine my authority and to compromise my ability to carry out the mission you each made clear to me from the outset," said Abraira.

Fraser had expressed confidence in his entire command staff, including Abraira. And a Menino spokeswoman had said the mayor had "full confidence in Commissioner Fraser to do what's best for the department," including his personnel decisions.

Fraser has appointed Chief of Operations John Hasson, a 40-year veteran, as the acting Chief of Department.

 

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