Boston Fire Chief Resigns, Citing Bomb Criticism

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) Boston's fire chief is resigning and is citing criticism from deputies for his response to the marathon bombings.

In a letter dated Monday, Chief Steve Abraira says his resignation is effective Friday.

Thirteen deputies had complained to Mayor Tom Menino in a letter that Abraira's failure to take command of the bombing 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."

Abraira says 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.

Deputy Chief John Hasson has been named acting chief. He's among those who signed the April letter.

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