Today the City of Hartford has once again placed on paid Administrative leave Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Dan Nolan, this time apparently for insubordination. I think anyone that looks at this action will probably realize very quickly that it is a setup by an insecure and hugely incompetent Fire Chief. Would anyone in their right mind invite Nolan to a meeting loaded with media and expect him to keep his mouth shut or worse actually lie , when asked for his version of facts an circumstances?
It was a setup, pure and simple. Ask questions, get him to publicly criticize the incompetent Chief and we got him, insubordination Whether you like Nolan or not, everyone knows he is outspoken and says what is on his mind, even where there is a temporary moron behind him yelling for the TV cameras "get back to training" . Actually the moron part may be more permanent than temporary, only his authority is temporary. But at least it allows Nolan to add another defendant to the list.
I don't think anyone that gets hired by the City of Hartford relinquishes their Constitutional rights. You might not like what Nolan has to say but he has every right to say it, and he is one of a limited few in this Country that has also put his life on the line through military service to defend the right to say it
The only comment from Captain Helen Lynch of the Hartford Fire Department is that "Nolan is not on suspension, he is on Administrative leave with pay while the investigation continues". There is no indication as to what the investigation is or what the charges are. Nolan's attorney Mario Cerame stated for the record "Dan has been placed on admin leave with pay pending an investigation into an incident that occurred during and immediately following the task force meeting on Thursday April 16th 2015.”
Apparently the City didn't learn the first time they went down that route with Nolan on baseless allegations.
Mayor Segarra, it is time you provide some desperately needed leadership to this Department, if you are capable of doing it, I have my doubts (is that insubordinate)