Boise Mayor Dave Bieter attended Fire Chief Dennis Doan’s birthday party over the past weekend at the Basque Center and it paid off–literally.
Doan invited plenty of guests–including the presidents of the police and firefighter unions. Guests were asked to make donations to Dave Bieter in lieu of birthday presents. We haven’t heard if Bieter is running for reelection, but it would be a good bet Dennis Doan has a secure job.
Other department heads can only hope they won’t have to make similar gestures to insure job security in their positions. Probably goes on everywhere, but it just sours the taste of birthday cake for the GUARDIAN.
We also noted when TJ Thomson announced his reelection bid for city council he noted the Firefighters Union had endorsed him. Again, we understand the right of anyone to donate to the candidate of their choice, but when a group of workers (firefighters) make payments to one of the officials who will ultimately approve their employment agreement, it loses a few degrees of innocence.
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