(Re: “Lesson from firing: put it all in writing,” July 15, 2010) The only similarities between the firing of the U.S. Army Gen.Stanley McChrystal and the firing of Ripon Area Fire Chief Mike Fredrick were the incompetence of their leaders.

To quote Mr. Tim Lyke, “They both served at the pleasure of their superiors. And that is no trifling detail.”

Indeed it is not, it is a reflection of the direct mismanagement of the war in Afghanistan by the Commander-in-chief Barrack Hussein Obama and the mismanagement locally of the Ripon Area Fire District by Mr. Deano Pape, former president....

Mr. Tim Lyke states in his editorial, “The lesson in both cases is that leadership to be effective, the leader must be good at managing.”

... On the local scene we see Mr. Pape good at speaking, but poor at managing.

He did not know he had to document employment directives or discipline actions in writing. Mr. Pape thought the fire chief should keep his own files on his job performance.

What should he keep in his file? He did not have a “clear and precise” contract of his job duties and expectations of budget requirements to file. ...

— Sallie Helmer

611 Park St.

To read the entire letter, see the Aug. 12 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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