, Newburyport, MA

Local News

February 7, 2013

Interim fire chief in works

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday has begun the process to name an interim fire chief to assume command of the Fire Department following Stephen Cutter’s retirement next week, city officials say.

Cutter is scheduled to retire on Friday, Feb. 15, after 34 years with the department, the last 14 as chief.

A screening committee has begun work to find a new chief. Applications for the job have been submitted by 45 professional firefighters.

But the search will take time, and several firefighters who attended the meeting of the screening committee on Tuesday said they were unclear about the naming of an interim chief.

“It’s of concern to us that we do not know who will be the leading the department after Feb. 15,” local union leader Bob Morse said.

But Holaday said yesterday that interim chiefs are being interviewed and the position will be temporarily filled by Feb. 15.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Special Features