According to multiple sources, Pioneer Fire Chief Mark Matthews “hopes to sue the district board of directors for creating a hostile work environment.” Speaking on condition of anonymity, a long-time friend and colleague claims Matthews told them he “got a lawyer because the board harassed him.” The source also said that Matthews took medical leave because the environment was “making him sick.”
Another source claims to have had a conversation with Matthews just before the chief pulled his 5th wheel out of Station 31. Recounting their conversation the source told me, “He (Matthews) said he got a lawyer. He was pretty pissed. He’s gonna go after them for harassment.”
Two days ago the Pioneer Fire Protection District announced a Board of Directors Special Meeting has been added to the calendar. The meeting is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 21. There are two items listed on the agenda under closed session: Anticipated Litigation and Fire Chief.
This story will be updated as it develops.