New Haven backs end to oversight of fire dept. - WFSB 3 Connecticut

New Haven backs end to oversight of fire dept.


The New Haven Fire Department's special master established to enforce antidiscrimination measures says the job should be abolished.

Special Master Jonathan Silbert says issues are more likely to reflect labor-management disputes than possible violations of law.

The New Haven Register reports ( ) that city attorneys agree, saying New Haven has adhered to relevant laws and that oversight is not necessary.

The judge overseeing the case has ruled that the special master must report by Sept. 4 whether the city complies with promotion policy.

The court-ordered special master's position was created from a 1998 lawsuit by the fire union. Black firefighters challenged a city practice they say discriminated against minorities.

The firefighters union opposes ending the special master's job, arguing that without it, the city will resume discriminatory hiring practices.

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