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Mayor appoints deputy police chief; plans to meet with both fire chief candidates before making decision

Mark Williams has been recommended to the mayor as Greenfield's first deputy police chief.
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Mark Williams has been recommended to the mayor as Greenfield's first deputy police chief. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin has appointed Sgt. Mark Williams as the town’s first deputy chief since Joseph LaChance retired from that job in 2004, but said he wants to meet with both permanent fire chief candidates before making his decision about who will fill that job.

Williams, who was ranked first in the Civil Service-approved assessment of three candidates, will begin in the administrative and supervisory position as soon as all of the paperwork is set, said Dennis Helmus, the town’s human resources director. Williams could begin as early as Monday.

Both the Public Safety Commission and Chief Robert Haigh said Williams, 41, is best qualified.

Sgt. Todd Dodge and Lt. Joseph Burge also interviewed for the position.

Provisional Fire Chief Robert Strahan and provisional Deputy Fire Chief Edward Jarvis have applied for the permanent fire chief position.

The commission recommended Strahan, though both candidates went into their interviews tied in the Civil Service-approved assessment center the town used.

Commissioners said they believe things are working really well in the Fire Department and didn’t see the need to change.

According to Civil Service rules, because there were only two finalists for deputy fire chief, the mayor may choose to appoint Strahan, Jarvis or wait a year or more until there are three candidates.

It appears the mayor wants to interview the two candidates before making his decision.

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