New Marlborough fire chief appointed
By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – The appointment of Captain James M. Fortin, a lifelong city resident, to the position of chief of the Marlborough Fire Department, was announced via a communication from Mayor Arthur Vigeant at the March 26 City Council meeting. As councilors voted unanimously to refer the action to the Personnel Committee for review and approval, they gave a standing ovation to Fortin, who was in the council chambers.
Fortin will start immediately to serve as chief, replacing Deputy Chief Frederick Flynn, who has been serving as acting chief since the resignation of former Fire Chief Ricky Plummer last summer. The new leader has been with the local department since 1983. He was promoted first to lieutenant in 1997 and to captain in 2006.
Over 25 applicants from both in and out of Massachusetts applied for the position. The search committee, which included the city’s Personnel Director David Brumby, Ward 5 City Councilor Robert Seymour, Hudson Fire Chief John Blood, Leominster Fire Chief Rob Sideleau and Marlborough firefighter Mike Buckley, narrowed the field of candidates down to seven before deciding on Fortin.
“Captain Fortin is the right person to lead the Marlborough Fire Department,” Vigeant said in a release announcing his decision to appoint Fortin. “He has a commitment to excellence and a proven track record of integrity and professionalism that will serve our city well for years to come.”
Vigeant also cited Fortin’s “deep-rooted commitment to Marlborough, administrative skills and knowledge of the fire sciences.”
The council also publicly thanked Flynn for his assistance during the transition.
In other business, lawmakers unanimously approved a special permit to Nissan Automobiles of Marlborough, Inc. to modify a portion of its building and add a new second floor to its dealership, located at 740 Boston Post Road East. A modified plan to address solutions to lighting, drainage and trash problems mentioned by abutters at a previous public hearing was presented to the Urban Affairs Committee and met with approval.
The plan calls for about 1,700 square feet in additional space and improvements to the showroom and customer service area.
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