South Lane Fire and Rescue chief reinstated following controversial post

The South Lane Fire and Rescue Board of Directors voted 3-2 in favor of reinstating John Wooten.

Posted: Jun 18, 2020 8:23 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2020 11:24 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- The South Lane Fire and Rescue Board of Directors sided with embattled fire chief John Wooten and reinstated him as head of the district.

In a contentious meeting, the board voted 3-2 in favor of reinstating Wooten without any disciplinary actions.

This decision by the board led to Board Vice President Jennifer Radcliffe to resign her position effective immediately. She voted against reinstating Chief Wooten. 

RELATED: WOOTEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Chief Wooten has been on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave since June 3 as the board investigated allegations he made an inflammatory Facebook post about shooting rioters.

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