Ash dismissed from case over fire department issues

WEIRTON — A member of Weirton Council has been dismissed from legal action being taken against the city by members of the Weirton Fire Department.

Ward 4 Councilman George Ash was dismissed from the petition seeking an injunction to prevent city council from instituting new work schedules for the department and create a new public safety director position in the city.

The petition was filed by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 948 and its president, Lt. James Brueck, against the city. Ash was listed individually as a plaintiff.

According to a June 13 filing on behalf of the IAFF, “plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss(es) all claims against Defendant George E. Ash Sr., without prejudice to refiling.”

“I will be happy to work with the fire department to see if we can resolve any of these issues,” Ash said in response to the filing.

As the claim was voluntarily dismissed without prejudice, claims against Ash could be refiled.

The IAFF filed the petition June 5 following council’s actions in May passing the first reading of ordinances to establish the new administrative post of public safety director and to establish a new 212-hour/28-day work rotation for city firefighters.

Both ordinances were tabled during council’s June 10 meeting, with City Attorney Vince Gurrera citing the legal action.

The IAFF is represented in the case by attorneys Teresa C. Toriseva and Joshua D. Miller.

The case has been assigned to 1st Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jason Cuomo.