Commissioner remarks over hiring ‘Mexican paramedic’ under fire in Washington State

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Should be an interesting evening at the meeting of the Snohomish County Fire District 1 meeting in Everett, Washington.

Natalie Swaby, KING-TV:

Members of the Latino Civic Alliance are expected to attend the District 1 Fire Commissioners Meeting in Everett Tuesday so they can comment on “racially insensitive” remarks made by two commissioners.

The remarks, made March 7, by Commissioners David Chan and Bob Meador included references to race when hiring for a position.

Video from that meeting captures Meador say, “I’m talking about training people. You got to have the skills. You got to have to want the job. We are willing to pay a lot of money.”

Chan replied, “Can we hire a Mexican paramedic?”

“I dunno,” said Meador.

“It’s cheaper,” said Chan.

Both could be heard laughing in the recording.

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David Chan (l) and Bob Meador