Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Sylvester Turner's Statement on Action Taken by HFD Cadets

March 7, 2019 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement today after HFD cadets filed discrimination and retaliation complaints against the mayor and fire chief.

"These are employment decisions based on the financial constraints of the city. My efforts to save the city from the financial ruin posed by Prop B are solely responsive to the needs and desires of the residents of Houston. Complaints by fire cadets of discrimination and retaliation will be handled by the Office of Inspector General like any other complaint.

"But these theatrics are nothing more than a distraction and do not help us to solve real financial challenges. I am confident that people can see what the Fire Fighters Association is doing: It is ironic that at the same time that we were sitting down with Council Members to discuss the implementation of Prop B, this demonstration was being held. Nevertheless, I remain focused on protecting the interest of this city, because there is simply too much at stake."