Apology, but no discipline after Washington fire commissioners make insensitive racial remarks on video

  • Source: Seattle Times
  • Published: 03/20/2017 12:00 AM

Two Snohomish County fire commissioners apologized Friday night for making racially insensitive comments when they joked about hiring “cheaper” Mexican laborers for a paramedic position. But an attempt to impose disciplinary action failed on a 2-2 tie vote by the commissioners for Fire District 1. Commissioner Jim Kenny asked that the two board members, David Chan and Bob Meador, receive a written reprimand. He also proposed that they each write an apology, take a course on diversity and communications and consider resignation. He was joined by Commission Chairman Jim McGaughey.


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