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Media Credit:  REUTERS/Jim Young
Media Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

When I was a young reporter absorbing the intricacies of local government while covering Washington, Bruce and Ray townships for The Romeo Observer, I quickly realized that, in many ways, the most powerful official in these communities was the local fire chief.

Dressed in full uniform, the fire chief would appear before his township board to warn against budget cuts in the fire department, or to criticize board opposition to funding new fire equipment and trucks, or to offer calamitous predictions in response to an attempt to block a fire millage proposal from making its way to the ballot.

Officials in townships that had a few two-story buildings were told by the chief that they absolutely needed a ladder-truck to handle fires in elevated places. The fire chief would slyly warn that any proposed budget cuts or restrictions for his department could bring alarming consequences.

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Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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