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Wooten ‘sorry’ for posts, residents torn on outcome

SLCF&R Fire Chief John Wooten

COTTAGE GROVE — South Lane County Fire & Rescue Chief John Wooten was reinstated June 18 after being placed on paid administrative leave while the board investigated posts on his personal Facebook page, which was not publicly available. 

“I am truly sorry for all the divisiveness and negativity the comments released from my personal Facebook page created for the community,” Wooten told The Chronicle on June 24. The posts, revealed by KEZI weeks ago, stated that rioters should be shot and that the Coronavirus was a . . .

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