Metropolitan Fire Commission

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A Merit Commission consisting of five commissioners has oversight authority for the Fishers Fire Department. The commissioners are appointed as follows; Two persons, who must be of different political parties, appointed by the Fishers City Council. One person appointed by the Fishers Fire Chief. Two persons, who must be of different political parties, elected by the active members of the Fishers Fire Department:

  • Monty Woolsey - Democrat (President)
  • Dave Cohen - Republican
  • William Stuart - Democrat
  • Jim Cross - Republican
  • Frank Bruggner- Republican

Commissioner Qualifications

Each Commissioner must have been a legal resident of the City of Fishers for three consecutive years immediately preceding the commissioners term and must be a person of good moral character. A commissioner must not be an active member of a Police or Fire Department and not more than two of the commissioners may be past members of a Police or Fire Department.

Members of the Merit Commission shall serve for a term of four years, however one of the City Council's initial selections and one of the department's initial selections are for terms of two years. All members, either elected or appointed, shall serve during their respective terms and until their respective successor shall be appointed or elected, and qualified. A commissioner serves at the pleasure of the appointing or electing authority and may be removed at any time.

Three members of the Merit Commission shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of taking official action. The Merit Commission shall establish rules for its operation. Included in such rules shall be the time and place for holding regular monthly meetings and such special meetings throughout the year as may be deemed necessary to transact its business. Each year the Merit Commission, with the concurrence of the City Council, shall select from its members a president, vice president and secretary.