- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2002

D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty yesterday said he hopes to have support today from more than half his colleagues in a petition requesting that Mayor Anthony A. Williams sack Fire Chief Ronnie Few.
"We should get more than half to sign it," said Mr. Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat.
Council members Sharon Ambrose, Ward 6 Democrat, and Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, have signed on to the petition, Mr. Fenty said, adding that he will meet with other council members today to seek their support. Mrs. Ambrose and council member Carol Schwartz, at-large Republican, are the only members of the 13-person council who voted against hiring Chief Few in 2000.
Mr. Fenty said Mr. Williams has allowed Chief Few's poor performance to drag on too long. "There are some who think the mayor should make the decision on his own without any leverage," he said. "I think we need to use the leverage for the interest of our citizens."
Top government officials have said that Chief Few is expected to resign, and that the mayor's office is negotiating with the chief to resign.
Lisa Bass, spokeswoman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, yesterday said Chief Few was "too busy" to be interviewed and could not be reached for comment.
The Washington Times first reported in March that Chief Few's top three appointees lied in their resumes about having held the rank of chief in their previous jobs at East Point, Ga., and about having attended Dillard University in New Orleans, which has no record of their enrollment.
The Washington Post reported last month that Chief Few's resume erroneously stated that he had received a degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta and received an award from an international firefighters group that does not bestow such awards.
Calls for Chief Few's resignation or firing have increased in the past two weeks, and Mr. Williams has expressed publicly his disappointment in the chief.
Council member Kathy Patterson, who has criticized Chief Few but has stopped short of calling for him to be fired, said through her chief of staff that she will not support Mr. Fenty's petition.
Mrs. Patterson, Ward 3 Democrat, heads the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the fire department.
In an interview on WUSA-TV (Channel 9) yesterday, Mrs. Patterson said Chief Few's problems extend beyond his fabricated resume. She said the chief has not resolved problems such as the fire department's faulty radio system and aging fleet during his 22-month tenure.
On April 26, City Administrator John Koskinen said "appropriate disciplinary actions" were taken against Assistant Chief Gary L. Garland, Assistant Chief Marcus R. Anderson and Deputy Chief Bruce A. Cowan for lying in their resumes and job applications. Mr. Koskinen did not say what action was taken.
All three aides are believed to have been suspended, since they have not returned to work since April 29. Chief Cowan, whom The Times contacted last week at his Georgia home, denied he had been suspended and said he was on annual leave. Chief Garland refused to comment, and Chief Anderson was unavailable to be contacted.
All three chiefs worked with Chief Few at the East Point Fire Department in the 1990s and were appointed to their posts in the past year by Chief Few.


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