City of Pasadena Accused on Unfairly Reassigning Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington
Pasadena City Councilmember John Kennedy and Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton called into question the decision of Pasadena City Manager, Stever Mermell for the re-assigning of Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington at an overcrowded city council meeting on Monday, February 10. The Pasadena NAACP rallied to support Chief Bertral Washington who was reassigned last Thursday to perform work on the city’s wireless emergency alert system, but no reason for the reassignment has been made public. Councilman John Kennedy and Vice Mayor Tryon Hampton, the only two African Americans on the seven-person city council, agreed with members of the NAACP and demanded answers for the reassignment and wanted to ensure that Chief Washington was being treated fairly and afforded due process. Washington was hired in 2014 from the Clark County Fire Department in Nevada and has worked aggressively to ensure that the Pasadena Fire Department is reflective of the city’s diversity. Members of the community vowed to continue to fight for the chief who is highly regarded by many in the city and will continue to question the decision until order is restored within the city’s fire department.