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In mass e-mail, D.C. Fire Chief Rubin announces he'll leave when Gray takes office

Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin announced his resignation this week via e-mail, saying that he will be working as consultant and will leave his post effective Jan. 2, 2011, when the "new Administration takes over."

Rubin is the second high-profile cabinet member to definitively declare that he is leaving following the defeat of Mayor Adrian Fenty in last month's Democratic primary. The first was schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who will hand over the reins of the school system to deputy chancellor Kaya Henderson next week.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for mayor expected to win next month's general election, will likely announce a transition team and national searches for other cabinet members next Wednesday.

"What a great opportunity that Mayor Fenty has provided and I will leave this great City without regret," Rubin wrote.

He attached an electronic business card that listed his job as: "Instructor."

"D.C. has lost one of its most outstanding public servants," Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said Friday. "I'm very sorry to see him go."

See the full email below:

From: Rubin, Dennis (FEMS) [mailto:Dennis.Rubin@dc.gov]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 2:37 PM
To:
Subject: Contact Information For Dennis Rubin

Hello Everyone:

Attached is my new contact information. Please start using this information immediately. I will be leaving the District of Columbia Fire Department effective January 2, 2011 as the new Administration takes over. My current plan is to provide consultant services until I find a full time position that is a good fit for me. I wanted everyone to know how to maintain contact with me and thank everyone for their support during the last four years. What a great opportunity that Mayor Fenty has provided and I will leave this great City without regret.

Sincerely,

Dennis Rubin

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Comments

I question the propriety of using his official email to promote his future career.

Posted by: vmax02rider | October 22, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Move on and life in DC will go on!! And please do not let him stay around and continue what Fenty has done "STEAL" "TAKE" and "GIVE" to his friends. All his friends need to leave now before Gray ask them too.

Posted by: shadon1 | October 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This is great. Our city is headed back into the dumps. First they don't want to read, now we can go down in flames too!!

Posted by: theleakdc202 | October 22, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Second high profile person? I'd say this is at least the third. The first was the DC State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Kerri Briggs, who resigned two days after Fenty lost the primary.

Posted by: galla2006 | October 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

DC Fire Department is losing a great man and a true professional and visionary. He came up through the ranks of the fire service and knows the job well. He has always placed the citizens safety and well being first and above all else. From his time in Atlanta and his years in DC he has made a positive impact each place he has been. Those that dislike Chief Rubin are typically individuals that resist change and have little understanding of the job. The chief has done everything he could do to make a positive impact on DC Fire and the citizens those wonderful men and women serve. The district is a better place because of the chief's hard work and dedication. Best wishes Chief Rubin and good luck in all your future endeavors.

Posted by: pblount74 | October 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Repeat the song:

We've only just begun.....

here we go... back to the last century.....

Is Lanier going next?

Posted by: pdv1 | October 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The news in these comments is that DC has a State Superintendent of Education.

Posted by: Bob_Dobbs | October 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@pblount74:

Not sure of whom you are speaking; but the city will be better off with a Chief who can manage a budget.

Posted by: xabo | October 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Hoaxed!

Posted by: LouLewis | October 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hot dang!

Posted by: rkayblock1 | October 22, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I dont see how Rubin was so great as chef given the fact his department was always busting its budget and Chief Rubin resisted the calls to rain in his budget

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | October 22, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm.....

Posted by: pusha-d | October 22, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"given the fact his department was always busting its budget "

Yeah, you have a point, if it wasn't for all of those pesky fires and sick people he may have stayed on budget.

Maybe we should just let the places burn and let people find their own way to the hospital.

Posted by: BEEPEE | October 22, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he was another administrator that took over a broken department and worked day and night to fix it. The EMS scandals, the bearded firefighters, fire apparatus that went to the shop more than it went to fires. That is why the budget was always blown, making up for years of mismanagement. I'm sure it won't take long to get backto that state of affairs!

Posted by: baileyfx | October 22, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Cheif, go your way.
Thank you for the time you spent, the work you did. Nothing was free, you were paid quite handsomely. We wish you well in your next endeavor, as we start ours.

And as for Chancellor Rhee, no people skills, just an arrogance that matches Fenty's. You both probadly could have stayed & do wonderful things for the city & its people, but your lack of people skills says you should work behind the scenes.

Now all three of ya, get to steppin

Posted by: ahrj | October 22, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Rubin is not a "public servant" he is a "public persona." Two different things. He is all surface, with no substance.

Using the government e-mail to advertise his new occupation is a misuse of government resources, but I doubt that Rubin cares very much.

Good riddance, I say, and don't let the door hit you in the back!

Posted by: tacard1 | October 22, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he busted the budget because he looked at a serious problem in the fire hydrants not working, and told WASA, if you aren't going to do your job, my department will do it for you. And they said, what? wait a minute, you can't..., and he said yes, I will. And he did it, and everyone is safer because of him. No fire chief had the courage to fix that problem before him (much like Rhee). I can actually make an inquiry to the fire marshal's office as a condo board member, and get an acceptable response now. Incredible improvement. The people who say Rhee did nothing, Rubin did nothing, etc. are angry for a variety of reasons, often pointing to Fenty not hiring enough people of the desired race, as if that is part of the qualification - what can you do. But this fire chief deserves credit for doing his job instead of just trying to preserve his job.

Posted by: kseamen | October 22, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, and I have known all the Fire Chiefs since Otis Latin, Chief Rubin was the worse fire chief the agency ever had. Mostly because he didn't bother to run it.

Posted by: tacard1 | October 22, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

There are multiple factors here. It may well be true that Rubin (as well as Rhee and others) does not wish to work with Gray. But also know this: Rubin, like Briggs before him, is making sure to be gone before the [stuff] hits the fan. There are several explosive lawsuits pending against DCFEMS and its highest ranking officials, and some pretty damaging information is likely to come out.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 22, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

Posted by: drfields | October 23, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

LANIER SHOULD STAY!!!!! THE DEPT HAS MOVED LIGHT YEARS AHEAD IN THE PAST 4 YRS

Posted by: mobilecop | October 23, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

LANIER SHOULD STAY!!!!! THE DEPT HAS MOVED LIGHT YEARS AHEAD IN THE PAST 4 YRS

Posted by: mobilecop | October 23, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The fire department is political?

Posted by: MissV | October 23, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that hateful white elitist racist liberals are treating what is a normal transitional election like some sort of referendum on progress. Yes, things, rather, PEOPLE will change but reform that was started before the Fenty administration, that continued through it, will continue into the future. If you are not from D.C., SHUT UP, your opinion is irrelevant. If you are, you do yourself and the city a great disservice by anticipating the worst. I plan on holding the next Mayor AND Council members accountable to running an efficient government divorced from legal improprieties. The next mayor is truly going to have to make some tough decisions and many will be unpopular. Programs are going to have to be cut to make up for an anticipated 400 million dollar deficit, and someone is going to be upset about it. So long as change is managed well, we will weather them just fine.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 23, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

That's today's workplace, especially government workplaces and nonprofits.

Folk work for a person, but gets paid by the organization ... instead of working for the organization and getting paid by the organization also.

He worked FOR Fenty and got paid by DC gov. When Fenty leaves, he leaves. Had he really worked FOR DC gov, wouldn't matter who the mayor is or was.

Good ole boys network 101 on 2010 ... also called cronyism.

Posted by: morrisday1 | October 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Will the administration of metrics share with us the number of hydrants not working today?

Fires on Georgetown and Battery-Kemble hills due to low pressure have cost us dearly.

What exactly has Rubin done good? In fact, what does he claim he has done at all?

Posted by: tcs1999 | October 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"...to rain in his budget..." JeroRobson1

If Rubin could successfully put rain in his budget, I'm sure there are a lot of jurisdictions in CA and other places out West that will hire him in a minute.

Posted by: streff | October 23, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Although Fenty and his followers want to talk abotu getting rid of non-performing people from the Barry administration, in fact, he has gotten rid of the very people (many from the Williams administration) that pulled this city up by its bootstraps. How would you feel if you worked really hard over 8 years to make progress and progress was in fact made, and then got fired because you were at-will, and every single media outlet said you were incompetent? No media outlet ever looked behind the Fenty administrations statement that it only fired incompetent people. But all these so called incompetent people are responsible for Fenty's demise.

Posted by: tacard1 | October 23, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Only in the nation's capital can we require signs on our working fire hydrants so when your house catches on fire the firemen know where to go to get water. Only in the nation's capital can we have a fire chief with the personality of a pregnant dog that is both pompous and rude to use government email to announce his new venture.
My only thoughts are "Please don't let the screen door hit you on your way out" and Maybe as you exit you can stop off at the Office of Unified Communications and take Janice Quintana with you. I hear she is good at riding shot gun!

Posted by: k.jarrell01@comcast.net | October 24, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Only in the nation's capital can we require signs on our working fire hydrants so when your house catches on fire the firemen know where to go to get water. Only in the nation's capital can we have a fire chief with the personality of a pregnant dog that is both pompous and rude to use government email to announce his new venture.
My only thoughts are "Please don't let the screen door hit you on your way out" and Maybe as you exit you can stop off at the Office of Unified Communications and take Janice Quintana with you. I hear she is good at riding shot gun!

Posted by: k.jarrell01@comcast.net | October 24, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Chief Rubin allowed the same problems that DCFEMS had when he took over to continue. If you want to bring up WASA with respect to the Cooper-Cafritz fire that is fine, but what you won't hear is about ALL THE OTHER FIRES that were not addresses appropriately and they had ZERO to do with fire hydrants not being available. Just like in many of the other Departments DCFEMS was led by a bunch of folks who protected their own. The EMS staff is not probably funded, the training budget was almost exclusively spent on the firefighters, cheating on tests is rampant, overtime is given to firefighters first even when doing so causes a medical unit to be downgraded from Advanced Life Support to Basic Life Support. The list goes on and on. Not to mention that Rubin went through about FOUR Medical Directors simply because he paid zero attention to the medical providers vs. firefighters. Please know that I'm not against firefighters, but the majority of 911 calls in this city or MEDICAL in nature and not about FIRES!

Posted by: negee99 | October 25, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Ok here's the TRUTH, some comments were dead on point. Rubin was weak, and he always have been. Former Mayor Williams help pull DC up so there was no real need for reform we were headed in the right direction. DC Fire Department had no real scandal except for the Rosenbaum scandal which was created by 1 EMS worker not doing her job and Fenty's spin-misters (think back). Rubin's game plan is just like Fenty's if I make a big deal about the workers you won't see what I'm doing wrong. That's why there were so many scandal's.

Posted by: TheTruth35 | October 25, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Ok here's the TRUTH, some comments were dead on point. Rubin was weak, and he always have been. Former Mayor Williams help pull DC up so there was no real need for reform we were headed in the right direction. DC Fire Department had no real scandal except for the Rosenbaum scandal which was created by 1 EMS worker not doing her job and Fenty's spin-misters (think back). Rubin's game plan is just like Fenty's if I make a big deal about the workers you won't see what I'm doing wrong. That's why there were so many scandal's.

Posted by: TheTruth35 | October 25, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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