- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 22, 2002

The second of three top D.C. fire officials disciplined last month for errors on their resumes has said he will resign, according to fire department sources familiar with the case.
Assistant Chief Marcus R. Anderson, who runs the emergency medical services division, has submitted his resignation effective June 28, department sources said.
Chief Anderson is the second top fire official to resign in the wake of the resume scandal. Assistant Chief Gary L. Garland, who is second-in-command as chief of services, said last week his resignation will take effect Sunday, according to department sources.
Chiefs Anderson and Garland along with Deputy Chief Bruce A. Cowan, who is in charge of inspecting buildings for fire code violations were disciplined April 26 for errors on their resumes after The Washington Times reported they had lied about their professional and educational experiences on their employment applications and biographies.
Fire department spokeswoman Lisa Bass yesterday said she did not know whether Chief Anderson had offered his resignation and referred all questions to the city's personnel office. A personnel spokeswoman said Miss Bass would have to supply such information.
Chief Anderson declined to discuss the matter.
Fire Chief Ronnie Few, who appointed the three aides, declined to comment yesterday.
The Times first reported March 13 that the three firefighters had lied on their resumes about having held the rank of chief in their previous jobs at the East Point, Ga., Fire Department. None had held a rank higher than lieutenant at East Point, according to personnel and court records.
Their resumes also stated they had attended Dillard University in New Orleans, which had no record of their enrollment or attendance.
City Administrator John A. Koskinen, who investigated the resume scandal for six weeks, said last month the three chiefs and Chief Few had been disciplined because of errors on the resumes, but would not specify the disciplinary measures.
None of the aides appeared at work the week after Mr. Koskinen's announcement. Chiefs Anderson and Cowan have since returned to their jobs, but Chief Garland has not been at work since the disciplinary action, and his office has been cleaned out.
The three fire officials were friends of Chief Few's and worked under him when he headed the East Point Fire Department in the 1990s.
Chief Few, who was hired as the District's fire chief in 2000, appointed his three aides in the past two years under an arrangement with the D.C. Council that let him make the three appointments without competition. In exchange, he promised not to hire cronies.
Chief Few, who defended his aides, said he did not check their credentials because he knew them personally.
Calls for Chief Few's resignation or termination have increased in recent weeks, but Mayor Anthony A. Williams has said he will not decide on the fire chief's fate until Mr. Koskinen finishes his investigation.
The Washington Post reported on April 12 that Chief Few's resume erroneously stated that he had received a degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta and received a "1998 Fire Chief of the Year" award from the International Association of Fire Fighters, which did not bestow such awards.
Chief Few is being investigated by D.C. Inspector General Charles C. Maddox for errors on his resume.
Mr. Koskinen said he would delay his inquiry until Mr. Maddox's was completed.


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