Public Officials Behaving Badly

by jhwygirl

Clark Fork Chronicle editor John Q. Murray followed up on one of the many Frenchtown Fire Department fiascoes. New Fire Chief John Bibler is currently on a voluntary leave of absence as the board tries to sort out allegations of threatening remarks to firefighters and intimidation and sexual harassment of volunteers.

It sure seems like that agency that has been going bizarro for darn near 3 years now.

On January 24th, Judge Orzech made findings of fact that acknowledged the validity of volunteer Jenny Ross was threatened…but dismissed the request for a protection order:

The court finds the behavior of Mr. Bibler to be threatening and abusive, yet plainly stupid. The court does not find the sixth-grade bullying behavior and posturing to be a continued credible threat. The order of protection is dismissed.

(So by my count, we’ve got two public officials behaving badly).

Orzech’s findings of fact included “Late last summer or early September the respondent Mr. Bibler threatened Jenny Ross in front of a witness saying he would kill her dog and children and her and then she would know what suffering would feel like. ” and “A reasonable person would have feared for her life at that time.”

Why dismiss a request for an order of protection when your finds of fact show that he threatened her, her kids and her dog? Especially when you say that she is a reasonable person for having feared for her life?

She waited too long? What kind of logic is that?

As for Bibler? Fire his arse.

I certainly hope it’s an unpaid leave at this point. It seems the evidence supports it.


  1. I would like to make a clarification for your article. Mr. Bibler is on Paid Administrative Leave. The board met in private to remove him from ‘voluntary’ to ‘forced’ leave. He is still being paid however. Monday February 14th @ 7pm, is the board meeting where they are suppose to decide if he will be fired. Please check out our site for MUCH MORE info about what has been happening at frfd. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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