“I’m not going to comment on this. . . . It has nothing to do with me personally. I’m not going to be in this position forever; it has to do with whoever the general manager is,” he said.
According to Mario Orangio, president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, if the town rescinds the statute, a number of options are available.
In Massachusetts, there are strong chiefs, weak chiefs, part-time chiefs, contract chiefs, and chiefs designated as civil servants.
Ultimately, Town Meeting will decide how to redefine the powers of the incoming chief.
“Once you decide to rescind it, it’s up to the community. There’s no automatic, ‘If he’s not this then he has to be that’’ kind of chief, said Orangio, who is Watertown’s fire chief.
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