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February 16, 2010

 

Glover to be named interim city fire chief

Mayor Susan Feiszli will announce selection at Common Council meeting tonight

By HOLDEN B. SLATTERY
Staff Reporter
hslattery@cortlandstandard.net

Mayor Susan Feiszli plans to announce her selection of Assistant Fire Chief and Code Enforcement Officer Chuck Glover as provisional fire chief at tonight’s city Common Council meeting.
A majority of the eight-member council must vote in favor of the appointment for it to take effect.
Fire Chief Dennis Baron plans to retire Feb. 28, he said in January.
Glover recently submitted a letter to Feiszli informing her that he is interested in becoming the provisional fire chief.
After saying in early January that he also planned to retire on Feb. 28, Glover subsequently withdrew his retirement papers to pursue the chief position.
Feiszli said she chose Glover after speaking with him about the future of the department and speaking with paid and volunteer firefighters, who gave him strong support, Feiszli said.
The appointment was not on the original agenda for the meeting, but Feiszli has included it on a revised agenda.
Baron’s salary this year is $77,054.
Feiszli said this morning that she was not sure if any laws would require Glover to receive the same salary as Baron or whether it could be a different salary.
The city Fire Commission submitted three recommendations for a provisional chief to Feiszli on Thursday, Feiszli said.
The provisional chief will serve in the position until a civil service exam is given in January.
The results of the exam will determine whether the provisional chief can be chosen to continue as a permanent chief, if the council decides to offer the job to the interim chief.
The Common Council can choose whether to offer the test only to candidates within the department through a promotional test, expand the pool of candidates to a widespread area by offering a competitive test or give a targeted test for one candidate.
If Glover is appointed as fire chief, the code enforcement office will be understaffed, just as it would be if Glover retired, Feiszli said.
Feiszli has said she would like to restructure the code office and separate it from the fire department.
She said this morning she has been speaking with the union representing city firefighters and will speak to the county Personnel Office about her options for filling Glover’s position.
Feiszli said she has spoken with Cortlandville and Homer officials about consolidating services to share a code enforcement officer.
She is also considering contracting code enforcement duties to a person or agency outside of the city, she said.
Feiszli said by the end of the week she plans to make a decision on which option she will propose.

 

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