Minutes of Meeting
Board of Fire Commissioners
December 13, 2016
Members present: Chairman – James W. Boswell
Vice Chairman – Roy A. Taylor – Absent
Treasurer – Steven E. Strait
Secretary – Joe Fagundes
Vice Treasurer – Chandler Huff
• Call to Order: Chairman Boswell called the Board of Fire Commissioners’ meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
• Pledge of Allegiance: Ryan Gillespie from Troop 71 Eagle Scouts lead the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.
• Public Input:
• Old Business
Commissioner Boswell advised Chief Bennett to proceed with the Christmas bonus for all employees as long as it was available in the budget.
The minutes for the October 2016 meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Fagundes made a motion to approve the meeting minutes. Commissioner Boswell seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.
The Financial Statement Report for October 2016 was reviewed. Commissioner Huff made a motion to approve the October 2016 Financial Statement Report as presented. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.
Commissioner Huff made a motion to table the November 2016 Financial Statement Report until the January meeting due to a discrepancy in the tax discounts from the Okaloosa County Tax Collector. Commissioner Boswell seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.
Commissioner Boswell turned the meeting over to Chief Bennett.
• New Business
Admin Staff Annual Leave Cap: Chief Bennett briefed the board on his request to increase the cap of the admin staff annual leave to 500 hours and mirror the combat staff’s leave cap. Chief Bennett also briefed the board on the implementation of the duty chief no longer responding to false alarms, fire alarms or elevator rescues. After a discussion Commissioner Boswell asked that Chief Bennett implement the new protocol and in three months bring it back to the board.
Chief Bennett’s Employment Contract: Chief Bennett provided the board with a copy of his proposed contract. Commissioner Boswell suggested that the contract be discussed, copy given to Chief Miller and brought back to the January meeting. All commissioners were in agreement.
December Employee Birthdays: FF Danny Mitchell (10th) and Chief Bennett (11th)
December Employee Anniversaries: Captain Nate Ark (18th – 10 years) and FF Troy Devoy (14th – 1 year).
Chief Losinger presented the monthly Fire Marshal Report.
Chief Losinger presented the monthly operations report.
Chief Losinger gave a presentation on the Targe Salutions program.
Commissioner Boswell reminded everyone the next Board of Fire Commissioners meeting would be on Tuesday, January 10th.
Commissioner Huff made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.
The meeting adjourned.