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Shocking comments from an Orland Fire Protection District trustee

Tuesday’s meeting of the Orland Fire Protection District continued its focus on cutting expenditures to save taxpayer monies and reduce the district’s large annual budget and taxes, but there was a sideshow.

Three members of the six-member OFPD Senior Council quit, turning their resignations into a political move and declaring their support of former Fire District Chief Bryant Krizik whose password-protected laptop was discovered to have some pretty nasty and disgusting photographs that some media described as “pornographic.”{{more}}

(I’ve never seen the photos, but Krizik quickly accepted an offer to retire rather than face continued investigation into the controversy which had marred the Fire District. Krizik said that the photos did not belong to him and then shocked some when he pointed fingers at other fire district employees, saying they, too, had access to his laptop clearly suggesting the alleged pornographic images were put there by other firefighters.)

Then, Trustee Marty McGill of Orland Hills, who I have known for quite some time, made a truly controversial public comment. McGill defended Krizik saying he never saw the images, and then told the news media: “If that was my computer and if I knew there was some kind of porn on it and was asked to turn it in, you know where it would be? Bottom of the Calumet River.”

Wow. I have never heard an elected official in 35 years of journalism and media relations openly say he would have destroyed evidence on a computer owned by a government agency that had been given to him, rather than turn it in. It’s unprecedented.

Here are some of the links to articles about the controversy to help Orland Fire Protection District taxpayers understand the issues.

TribLocal Newspaper story. Click to read.

Southtown/Star Newspaper story: Click to read.

Statement from OFPD Board President Jim Hickey: Click to read.

— Ray Hanania

www.TheMediaOasis.com

(Ray Hanania works as the media consultant for the Orland Fire Protection District.)

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