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Large crowd shows up for fire chief disciplinary meeting


Last updated 5/8/2019 at 9:51am

Fire Chief Mark Payne, center left, meets with a crowd of supporters outside city hall after telling Mayor John Nordine he'd rather meet in a public setting regarding a disciplinary notice he got from Nordine. - Jacob Wagner photo

A peaceful, but angry, group of about 40-50 people gathered outside of city hall in Electric City Wednesday afternoon in support of Mark Payne, the city's fire chief, who is facing disciplinary action regarding holding wildland fire-training exercises without a permit or the mayor's permission.

"I am convinced that it is more likely than not that you violated state law in conducting an unautho...

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