Steve Abraira, the embattled chief of the Boston Fire Department who continues to be called pretty much the opposite of "Boston Strong," has resigned after clashes with senior management over how he handled the Boston Marathon bombings. The Boston Globe's Andrew Ryan reports Abraira submitted his letter of resignation on Monday after less than two years on the job.
It was clear in the near-immediate aftermath of last month's terror attack that Araiba's time at the department might be coming to a close. Roughly two weeks ago, a letter written by 13 of the department's 14 deputy chiefs and sent to Boston mayor Tom Menino surfaced, criticizing Abraira's performance on the day of the bombings. Abraira was a "ghost chief," they said, who let police officials handle things rather than taking control of the confusing emergency-response situation himself. Indeed, it's in Abraira's job description to announce himself as the commanding officer at emergency situations, but the letter alleged he failed to step up at the scene of the marathon finish line. In response to the letter, Abraira argued his role is more administrative and that he thought his deputies had the situation under control.
As if that wasn't enough, Abraira's hiring had already been a point of contention within the department. He was the first chief hired from outside the BFD's ranks. Usually the chief is promoted after years of service and dedication within the system. Right now it's unclear who will replace Abraira, or when the replacement will be named, or where the replacement will come from, but you can bet an internal promotion might smooth things over this time around.