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July 27, 2017

Special Commissioners Meeting
When: 7/27, 9:00 AM
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8/1 : County Commissioner's Regular Meeting
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Clarification Regarding Endorsement of Candidates by Firefighters

Released : November 01, 2016
Clarification Regarding Endorsement of Candidates by Firefighters

Contact: Cindy Harger, Public Information Specialist
Phone: 307-732-5786
Email: charger@tetonwyo.org

 

To view the press release in PDF format, click here.  

 

Local government officials are seeking to clear confusion regarding a candidate endorsement that received news coverage this week.

 

Teton County and the Town of Jackson released a statement of clarification today in light of an article in the Jackson Hole Daily on Oct. 31, 2016. The article stated the “Firefighters” were formally endorsing a candidate for political office. Throughout the article were references to “firefighters and paramedics.”  The article also referenced a candidate reaching out to learn more about the fire department.

 

“This article caused some confusion in our community,” said Alyssa Watkins, County Commissioners’ Administrator, who explained that local government agencies do not endorse specific candidates for office. “We would like to make sure there are no misunderstandings.”

 

Town and County officials offered the following statement of clarification:

 

The Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Department is a joint department of the Town of Jackson and Teton County. Although the article seemed to imply to some who read it that John Tobey manages the Fire Department, the Chief of the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Department is Willy Watsabaugh.

John Tobey is a county employee who works at the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Department.  Mr. Tobey does not speak for nor is he authorized to speak for the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Department, which includes the volunteer firefighters.

John Tobey has formed a private organization that includes in its membership some of the Firefighter/EMS staff who work for the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Department. This private organization includes only 14 percent of the overall members of the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Department.  This private organization does not include any of the 70 volunteers, nor does it include any of the paid “pool” staff who support the operations.

Mr. Tobey’s private organization has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Jackson and Teton County requesting that it be recognized under Wyoming state law to be the exclusive bargaining agent (“union”) for that portion of our fire department’s membership, to negotiate with Teton County and the Town of Jackson as to wages and working conditions.  This matter is currently being litigated in a court of law to determine if that private organization can represent these select 14 percent of our membership but actively exclude the remaining members of the fire department.                                      

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