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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.

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