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 exchange 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 career.

Whereas the District Fireplace Board is dealing with the robust problem of selecting a McDonald’s substitute, we expect the panel has moved cautiously and thoughtfully in its quest to rent a brand new chief.

McDonald advised the board early final 12 months that he plans to retire in June 2022. The panel later stated it might search to pick a brand new chef from throughout the district a minimum of a 12 months 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 three extremely certified candidates, and any of them could be an excellent match to maneuver the hearth zone ahead,” stated Rick Walker, chairman of the Fireplace Board.

Walker stated all three candidates met very properly, and every offered a plan that outlined how they’d handle the hearth 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 Government 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 higher duty.

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

In June of final 12 months, the board introduced that it had lastly chosen Chiappone to interchange McDonald’s.

Chiappone stated that working with McDonald’s for practically a 12 months has supplied invaluable perception into how the district’s chef works.

“Chef McDonald is a good mentor to me and he has been very useful in permitting me to sit down 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 12 months.

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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