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NAACP Expresses Concern over Fire Commissioner Search

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Reverend Talbert Swan has been re-elected as the president of the Springfield NAACP, and today, he spoke out against the city’s fire department and their search for a fire commissioner.

Swan says the hierarchy of the fire department isn’t qualified to make hiring decisions and that changes need to be made.

“It is with this in mind that our branch stands in opposition to reducing the qualifications for the position of fire commissioner for the express purpose of hiring the otherwise unqualified acting commissioner Joseph Conant,” Swan adds.

Swan says the fire department has also failed to give people of color a fair shot at getting promoted. He cited the fact that no Black or Hispanic officer had been promoted to district chief until just recently.

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