I wanted to comment on the idiotic vote to reject deputy chief rick hoppes as the next chief of the salisbury fire dept. I cannot comprehend how council persons campbell, spies and cohen can deny someone of rick's caliber and integrity, when he has now been acting chief twice now and has obviously done a better job of running the fire department than these three have done in doing the city's business; oh, excuse me their own little town that they control like a dictatorship, denying anyone who doesn't agree with their agendas. rick hoppes has given over 25 years in the fire department, doing his utmost best to protect the citizens of salisbury, and in turn these three basically have spit in his face, saying that he isn't qualified to run the department because he doesn't have a bs degree! do these people have advanced degrees in business that actually qualify them to run the city,and if they don't then they should be kicked out of office as soon as possible so that someone who is able can take over and run this city as it should be run, with the concerns of the citizens of this city put first. it is the same situation here, if they think that rick cannot run this department because he doesn't have said degree. the mayor put rick up to be the next chief because he obviously felt that he was the best candidate for the position. i do not understand why the three cohorts think that a person from outside the area would be better suited for this job, than someone who has lived in this city his entire life, and knows the people who works for him a lot better than some person who probably could come into this town and disrupt an already well run department, in my opinion. these three make up their own rules as they go along; i know of noone that can get away with not following the city charter, but they run amendments through that help them, not the citizens of this city that i love and have lived in my entire life.