Perry Joint Fire District maintains solid lead with new chief selection

It is thrilling to know {that a} new period of management will start on June 4 on the Perry Joint Fireplace District.

That day, Lieutenant Dominic Chiappone formally took over because the district’s new chief. He’ll substitute longtime Chef James McDonald, who retires on June 3.

McDonald served practically 19 1/2 years as chief of the Perry Joint Fireplace District. He’ll full a profession of over 40 years within the firefighting occupation.

Whereas the district’s Fireplace Board is going through the powerful problem of selecting a McDonald’s substitute, we expect the panel has moved ahead rigorously and thoughtfully in its quest to rent a brand new chief.

McDonald advised the board early final yr that he plans to retire in June 2022. The panel later stated it could attempt to choose a brand new chef from inside the district no less than a yr earlier than McDonald’s retirement.

The aim of this hiring technique was to have McDonald’s successor work carefully with the chef over an extended time period to make sure a easy management transition.

Three high-ranking Perry Joint Fireplace District officers, together with Chiappone, utilized for the chief’s place.

“We’ve got three extremely certified candidates, and any of them could be a great match to maneuver the fireplace zone ahead,” stated Rick Walker, chairman of the Fireplace Board.

Walker stated all three candidates met very nicely, and every offered a plan that outlined how they’d handle the fireplace division over the subsequent 5 years.

“All of that (five-year plans) was nice,” Walker stated.

If there was one issue that set Chiappone aside from different key candidates, it was that he accomplished the Ohio Fireplace Division Govt Program, Walker stated.

The OFE Program evaluates, develops and refines the management qualities of fireside chiefs and high-potential senior officers who might transfer into positions of larger duty.

“This can be a 2 1/2-year program (Chiappone) that was voluntarily taken earlier than[the plan to replace McDonald’s],” Walker stated. “And I believe that is the board’s view of the way it obtained him to the highest.”

In June of final yr, the board introduced that it had lastly chosen Chiappone to exchange McDonald’s.

Chiappone stated that working with McDonald’s for practically a yr has supplied useful perception into how the district’s chef works.

“Chef McDonald is a good mentor to me and he has been very useful in letting me sit with him every single day within the workplace and present me what he does,” Chiappone stated.

Chiappone was sworn in as chief on the Could 6 assembly of the Perry Joint Fireplace District Board. On the finish of the panel’s Could 6 assembly, he learn the oath given by Walker.

Earlier at this assembly, the board formally appointed Chiappone to run the district and set his beginning wage at $104,809 per yr.

Chiappone started working as a part-time firefighter and paramedic for the Perry Joint Fireplace District in 2004. He was appointed full-time firefighter and paramedic in 2006 earlier than incomes the rank of lieutenant in 2018.

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