Immunity Not a Given for Fire Chiefs

Stittleburg, Philip
June 2005
Fire Chief;Jun2005, Vol. 49 Issue 6, p28
Trade Publication
The article discusses the legal issues concerning government immunity to fire chiefs in the United States. Governmental immunity is a provision in the law created, in part, to protect government officials from claims against them arising from the performance of their official duties. The question of whether a fire chief was entitled to the protection of governmental immunity arose recently in a Michigan case. The trial court ruled that the highest executive officer of a department within a township was not absolutely immune under the Michigan statute, because the township supervisor who hired the fire chief was actually the highest-elected or highest-appointed executive official in the level of government within which the fire department was organized, that being the township.


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