Providence EMA Director Messier Fired
Citing a lack of confidence in the Director’s ability to carry out his official duties in a future emergency, Mayor David Cicilline has announced that Leo Messier has been fired as Providence’s Emergency Management Agency director.
Mr. Messier is perhaps best known for being a little too sanguine during last week’s storm about how some Providence school children would get home on gridlocked, often impassable, streets.
That evening, Messier called the school bus situation “inconvenient.” But he said children “will get home eventually” because they have call phones to call their parents.
The bus ride (or non-ride) home that night of some school children is also on the agenda of the Providence City Council post-storm meeting tonight.
The City Council leadership, apparently unwilling to wait for a storm-response report commissioned by the mayor, has scheduled a special meeting for [tonight] to call department directors to account for why some children were stranded for up to six hours on school buses Thursday, among other problems.
The meeting will take place tonight at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers on the third floor of Providence City Hall.
UPDATE – Messier responds
Leo Messier is not accepting his termination quietly. In an interview with Jim Hummel of ABC 6 News, Mr. Messier states that he informed Mayor David Cicilline that traffic was gridlocked around the city but that he never received instruction from the Mayor upgrading the storm to an emergency or directing him to implement an emergency plan.
Who knew what when and what they did when they knew it is going to be an interesting component of the storm’s aftermath.