With that said we come to the fact that McDonnell has a fire department staffed with kin whom he looks out for and who look out for him. In that regard here are a few interesting facts.
- Mike McDonnell was union president for about 10 years and followed the family tradition, his father having been the fire union president years before.
- While he was the union president, he negotiated budgets that virtually tied the hands of the city and any TRUE fire department chief.
- McDonnell has controlled hiring for virtually the last decade, hiring friends and cronies from Gross High School, McFly's tavern, a fire union hangout.
- McDonnell's brother-in-law is the Internal Investigator(Doug Krysl).
- McDonnell's cousin, Bob McDonnell is a Battalion Chief, Union E-board member, and the head of our PAC committee.
- McDonnell's younger brother is a Fire Apparatus Engineer. He recently backed into a Battalion Chiefs car and received no discipline. He threatened the life of a fellow firefighter and has not been banned from any city buildings.
- McDonnell's other brother-in-law, Tim Qunlan, is a battalion chief at one of the busiest stations and in one of the largest battalions in Omaha.
- Another of McDonnell's brother-in-laws, Mark Driscoll, is a captain at the same station.(Mark Driscoll).
- McDonnell has an entrenched network of untouchable family members that have a strangle hold on the fire department.
- There have been 48 internal investigations in 2009. If any fire chief started 48 investigations when Mike was the Union President he would have called it harassment.
- There is pure unadulterated FEAR of Mike McDonnell. He rules with an iron fist. He is a thug.
Yep, this is what you get when you hire a union thug to be your fire chief. This is what you get when you allow a union thug to control a mayor by virtue of buying his election.