“They have a group of local union leadership who has systematically tried to take control of this district and when the board did not vote the direction the union leaders desired, they went on the attack.”
– OBFPD treasurer Jim Schneider
By Charis Patires
The Osage Beach Fire Protection District board treasurer says he will continue to do what is in the best interest of district taxpayers despite the fact there is a contingent of residents that want him to step down.
Jim Schneider says he pledges to continue doing the job he was elected to and says the majority of the employees of the fire district are dedicated, “whose only goal is to provide the best services they can to the residents of the fire district.
“Unfortunately those employees haven’t always received honest nor proper representation from their union,” Schneider said. “They have a group of local union leadership who has systematically tried to take control of this district and when the board did not vote the direction the union leaders desired, they went on the attack.
“They have already attacked the business of one board member and have caused financial losses,” he stated. “Their approach, with me, has been the spreading of lies and falsehoods in an attempt to drive me off the board.”
Schneider said it is the union leaders and officials who turned over the recall documentation to the county clerk’s office last week using “a front man’s name on the paperwork.”
“This recall drive has nothing to do with any improper actions on my part, but instead on action that the union leaders have decided that they don’t like. Any action taken by a board requires two votes, so if this was truly about actions taken, they would be recalling two directors not just targeting one.”
In the letter submitted with the answer to the proposed recall, Schneider says he hopes Farrell reads the answers and checks the facts for himself.
“He will find the reasons he has listed to be untrue and drop this effort before it goes any further,” he said. “If he has any verifiable proof that any of his allegations are true, he should present it to the public.”