WATERTOWN — City Manager Richard M. Finn is recommending that the City Council restore four demoted fire captains back to their original rank.
Mr. Finn wants this to happen effective April 1, according to a resolution to amend the city’s 2018-19 budget that the council will consider when it meets Monday.
In 2015, the city demoted eight fire department captains, leaving firefighters to cover those responsibilities. In August, an arbitrator ruled that the city violated its collective bargaining agreement by not paying the firefighters the captains’ pay rate when they assumed captains’ responsibilities.
The issue of the demoted captains has been a critical…