CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) – The newest member of the Monarch Fire Protection District Board is calling for a truce with the firefighters’ union.
Rick Gans was sworn in Wednesday night, replacing Steve Swyers. Swyers resigned April 20, accusing the other two board members, Robin Harris and Jane Cunningham, of spreading falsehoods, half-truths and misinformation, and, he believes, misusing public funds.
The firefighters’ union has been making similar accusations against Harris and Cunningham.
Gans, a fellow fiscal Conservative, says it’s time for that to stop.
“We’re doing the work that the voters have unanimously elected us to do, and if it rubs the union the wrong way, it’s unfortunate,” Gans says.
Firefighters have accused board members of trying to bust their union and spending irresponsibly on attorneys fees.
Gans places the blame for much of that spending on the union.
“I ask the union to recognize the fact it was up to the union to make an effort to work with the board to stop the fighting, the lawsuits, the grievances,” he says.
Gans had previously served on the board, most recently in 2011.
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