News July 15
Chief under fire: Investigation reveals ‘hacking’ letter, more controversial posts
South Lane County Fire Chief John Wooten has been under white-hot scrutiny since June 2.
Based upon its own reporting and documents acquired via Freedom of Information Act requests, The Chronicle has learned:
• A letter the chief submitted to the board saying it proves he was hacked does not give any indication that his Facebook page was compromised.
• Additional social media posts the chief made in 2019 – including an image of an African-American TV actor and text about “the cost of a noose.”
• Overwhelming public sentiment received by the board of directors since June 2 calling for the chief’s removal.