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    COLUMBIA, Mo.-- After 12 years with the Boone County Fire Protection District, Sharon Curry submitted a letter of resignation on Friday.

    The district hasn't given a reason why Curry stepped down, but Curry's relationship with Chief Steve Paulsell has been a source of controversy. In the last year, the fire district has had several sexual discrimination complaints and one lawsuit. Curry made more than $93,000 last year.

    While fire district officials won't give more detailed information or further comment about Curry's resignation, a fire district board member says the board wishes Curry luck in the future.

    "Sharon resigned and the board accepted her resignation and wishes her well in her future endeavors and thanks her for her service. It's just like any other employee resigning her position," board member Dave Griggs said.

    Curry became assistant chief in 2001 after a promotion from a secretarial position with the district.

    In the summer of 2005, the district fired former chief of staff Rob Brown and former assistant chief of training Bruce Piringer. Both men say they were fired because they were critical of Curry and Paulsell. Last November, Piringer filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the district, claiming that Curry's relationship with Paulsell afforded her special privileges.

    Last October police arrested Curry at a sobriety checkpoint in Columbia on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

    In Curry's resignation letter, she mentioned she was proud to be a part of the fire district's many achievements.

  • #2
    It should probably be pointed that out, that while Ms. Curry did hold the position of asst. chief, her supervisory responsibilities were in the administration bureau of the department, not in their firefighting operations.

    There are three other Asst Chiefs in charge of Operations and Preparedness, Special Operations, and Life Safety.

    http://www.bcfdmo.com/aboutbcfpd/contact_us/personnel/
    If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

    FF/EMT/DBP

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    • #3
      Did she have any fire service background aside from secretary? I seem to remember reading an article about her being the current chief's girlfriend. May be wrong. Volunteer, paid, or whatever, if she had no fire service background, she had no business being appointed assistant chief of anything.

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      • #4
        Nothing like sucking your way to the top. It's to bad they gave a good department a big black eye.

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        • #5
          Ah patronage..gotta love the hillbillies from the Ozarks. Must of had good oral skills.

          FTM-PTB

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          • #6
            Another step in a bizarre soap opera

            Her resignation is the result of a negotiated settlement of a hostile workplace lawsuit she filed against the chair of the fire commission.

            She gets a severance and the fire department will cover her legal fees.

            There are still a handful of lawsuits pending against the fire chief - who is paid more than most big county chiefs.

            Go to http://archive.columbiatribune.com/query.asp and insert Paulsell in the search. Firings, lawsuits, a suicide - amazing!

            Oh, she is now engaged to the fire chief

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DrParasite View Post
              It should probably be pointed that out, that while Ms. Curry did hold the position of asst. chief, her supervisory responsibilities were in the administration bureau of the department, not in their firefighting operations.

              There are three other Asst Chiefs in charge of Operations and Preparedness, Special Operations, and Life Safety.

              http://www.bcfdmo.com/aboutbcfpd/contact_us/personnel/
              Yea and some of them were fired because of issues with Ms. opps Asst Chief Curry.

              Here is a link to a special report complete with some of the court documents

              http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=23722
              Buckle Up, Slow Down, Arrive Alive
              "Everybody Goes Home"

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