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Wendell, New Salem to share fire chief

WENDELL — Wendell and neighboring New Salem will now share a fire chief, as well as a town coordinator and elementary school.

Wendell Town Coordinator Nancy Aldrich said Joseph Cuneo is the Selectboard’s pick from two candidates for the post to be vacated by Fire Chief Everett Ricketts, a Wendell firefighter for 57 years.

Currently the New Salem fire chief, Joseph Cuneo would, like Aldrich, work part-time for each town.

Cuneo has been a firefighter for 15 years, all in New Salem to date. Cuneo said every town has its own way of doing things, but he said he doesn’t expect any major adjustments.

“I think it will be relatively smooth. Everybody seems to be on board including both departments,” Cuneo said.

Wendell’s volunteer call force numbers seven, New Salem’s 13.

Cuneo’s appointment was scheduled for Wednesday evening, effective March 1.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

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