A Letter from Dan Downs

Editor’s Note:  This letter was sent to the RFFOW dealing with concerns about Disability Board staffing.

I appreciate and want to thank you and The Retired Fire Fighters of Washington for your efforts in resolving the problem of staffing pension and disability boards.

About three years ago, a group including you and attorney, Joe Fischnaller, met in Ellensburg to discuss this problem. Today, the problem is most significant on the western side of our state and in eastern Washington.

I believe the proposed amendment is narrower in scope than was originally discussed, but more reasonable and comprehensive. If an employed or retired firefighter is a resident of the community served by the board, he/she should be eligible to serve on a pension or disability board.

Thank you for your attention to this problem. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Dan Downs
Washington State LEOFF Education Association

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