A fire chief in Mountain home should have suspended a firefighter rather than resign. The firefighter was caught looting a FedEx truck, a breach of the public's trust. Rather than a meaningless verbal warning, the fire chief should have taken tough action. This would have sent the appropriate message to the department and public.
Yes, I am in agreement that the fire chief should have suspended, at a minimum, the fire fighter who looted the FedEx Truck. If anything, the fire fighter who committed such a crime should be terminated. It doesn't make sense that the fire chief should resign unless he had something to do with the scandal.
People should be held responsible for the stuff they do. I can understand the chief's resignation because of not managing your crew better but I feel like the actual perpetrator should bore the brunt of the punishment. If you do the crime you have to do the time, it's as simple as that.
I feel that the Mountain Home fire chief's resignation was absolutely appropriate. As the leader of a team, when your men commit an act like that, it not only reflects poorly on the team as a whole, but on you as a leader. It is a leader's job to set the standard and to take responsibility when that standard is not met. I think it shows great courage to accept the actions of the team as your own and to take responsibility.