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Public hearing on new fire chief scheduled Monday

Public hearing on new fire chief scheduled Monday

Author: Action News 17/Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

The Hammond City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 17, to discuss the mayor's appointment of Capt. Daniel Folks as the new Hammond Fire Chief.

The hearing, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, is designed to "obtain public and council comment, evaluation, and discussion of the appointee of the Mayor for the position of Fire Chief."

The hearing is open to the public and will be held in the Hammond City Council chambers, located at 312 E. Charles St. in downtown Hammond.

Last week, Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto announced he had chosen Folks to serve as the city's new fire chief. A third generation firefighter who is currently a captain with the Hammond Fire Department, Folks has worked with the City for nearly 15 years. He’s also a captain for the Natalbany Fire Department and a Regional Fire Instructor with the Fire & Emergency Training Institute for LSU. He has an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from LSU-Eunice.

In a notice presented by the Council Wednesday afternoon, Chair Carlee White Gonzales outlined the following procedural rules for Monday's public hearing:

All speakers will be required to give their names and addresses.

All speakers, regardless of whether s/he represents an organization will be allotted no more than 2 minutes for comment. An individual cannot give his/her time to another individual.

It is the responsibility of the Council Chair to maintain order and an efficient process during public participation, so that public comment is given over to the speakers from the public.

The subject matter of public comment shall be limited to matters of public concern on the agenda topic.

The Council Chair is responsible for maintaining a respectful environment during public participation so that public comments can be heard and considered by the Council. The Chair, therefore, may interrupt or terminate any individual’s speaking privilege if the speaker’s comments are excessively loud, disruptive, obscene, engage in personal attacks, constitute generally disruptive behavior, and/or do not address the agenda topic.

Public participation at this meeting is intended to allow individual members of the public to address the Council and is not intended as a forum for extended conversation with the public or as a platform for Council members to discuss their positions on issues raised in or outside of the scope of this public comment period. Issues raised by the public will be noted.

*Any individual or group that does not follow these procedures may be asked to leave the meeting.
*At the end of public comment, the appointee will have the opportunity to address the Council.
 
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