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Councilmember’s Facebook Post – ‘Detroit Fire Department is Best Bed & Breakfast place to work’

More on this story from FireCritic.com

Another lesson in leadership comes from Detroit Council President Pro-Tem George Cushingberry who posted on his Facebook page – “The Detroit Fire Department is the Best Bed and Breakfast place to work.  Especially for young people. Apply today!”

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As you can imagine, the post sparked outrage (read details from Rhett Fleitz at FireCritic.com). The responses on Facebook forced Cushingberry to take down his page for now. Cushingberry told a reporter it was all a misunderstanding and blamed the post on a staffer who used a poor choice of words.

By the way, Cushingberry has been involved in a good deal of controversy recently. Check out the two stories below, including one with the headline “Cushingberry: Caught in a lie”.

WXYZ-TV:

Family members of fallen firefighters commented that they wished their loved one worked somewhere as safe as a bed and breakfast.

“Looks like the councilman is trying to put out some fires of his own on his Facebook page,” read one comment.

As the anger continued to escalate Cushingberry or his staff member tried to respond on Facebook,  commenting on his post saying quote “Cush has the DFD back.”

“We’re working under adverse conditions,” said Detroit Firefighters Association President Jeffrey Pegg. ” We’re hoping things improve through mediation but comments like this hurt the optimism.”

This isn’t Cushingberry’s only controversy.

In just one recent incident Detroit Police allegedly found marijuana and an open container of alcohol in his vehicle during a traffic stop earlier this month.

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  • DaGonz

    Another out of touch politician…

  • Fire21

    The more lawyer-politicians we hear about, the more we understand their reputation!! We need more Joe Citizens in office…if any could afford to run.

  • Ukfbbuff

    I think Mr. George Cushingberry is just another politician who is trying to advance his “Career” by stepping on those who providing “REAL ” public service to the citizens of Detroit

    His comment ( I don’t accept “the staff aid” explanation. That’s the story from New Jersey) shows how far removed from The Realities that confront the City of Detroit and he himself is part of the problem

    Rather he resign his position so a Retired Rank and File person takes it over and can better represent those who are the “line” Fire, EMS, and Police personnel

    The unfortunate thing is, Mr Cushingberry probably got his position with the votes some of the very people he chose to denigrate.

    Shameful