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Fire chief reinstated without disciplinary action

SLCF&R Fire Chief John Wooten

COTTAGE GROVE – South Lane County Fire & Rescue board members tonight voted to reinstate Chief John Wooten without any disciplinary action, leading to the immediate resignation of vice president Jennifer Radcliffe following the 3-2 vote. 

The board met in executive session to discuss potential disciplinary action regarding offensive posts on his social media pages. Wooten originally said that the posts were the result of his personal, private site being hacked. The posts stated the pandemic was a hoax and that rioters should . . .

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