Selectmen to interview assistant fire chief candidates July 25

After a year and half vacancy, the selectmen are close to appointing a new assistant fire chief.

“We’re going to be doing interviews on the 25th of July,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Tuesday, July 10.

“There are three candidates. All candidates are from within the department.”

The position has been vacant since Fire Chief Jerry Myers was elevated from assistant chief to the department’s top job early in 2017 after the resignation of the former chief, Kevin Tappe.

At that time, town officials considered various options for the assistant chief’s position and department’s structure.

“There was a lot of debate,” Marconi said. “We looked at many different possibilities. Should we: (A) fill the position with a full-time assistant chief, which can easily be justified; (B) one consideration was to have the fire marshal’s position serve in a dual role as both fire marshal and assistant chief; and (C) a total restructuring of the department that would have resulted in the current captains being elevated to battalion chiefs with more administrative functions, overseeing each of their respective shifts, reporting to the chief.”

Marconi said that “Option A” was deemed the best option for the future of the department, “providing proper management, oversight and efficiencies.”

Once that decision was made, Marconi said, the department opened up the assistant chief’s position for applications. The selectmen are “now in the final interviewing process,” he said.