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October 30, 2012

Danvers fire chief back on the job

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Bill Clark, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, agreed with Marquis’ decision.

“I would reiterate what the town manager said,” Clark said. “I feel Kevin is a very competent chief, and it would be a great loss if we lost him.”

While the town manager has control over the hiring of the fire chief, many firefighters came to Clark to talk about Farrell as someone who paid attention to detail and did his job well.

“The guys in the department were very praiseworthy,” Clark said. “There was an inordinate number of firefighters who came to me who spoke highly favorably of him and wished him well.”

Veteran fire Capt. Jim McPherson had been filling in as acting chief and has now returned to his position as captain.

“Jim has done an outstanding job in providing needed leadership and direction to the department during a difficult time period,” Marquis said. “I’ve expressed our appreciation to Jim both for his selfless act in accepting the acting chief’s position and for a job very well done.”

Farrell was named fire chief in 2011, after serving nearly a year as acting chief following the retirement of former Chief James Tutko. The deputy chief position has been vacant since Farrell was promoted from deputy chief to chief.

“We are moving forward with the process that will lead to the appointment of a new deputy fire chief in November,” Marquis said in the statement. “We have also welcomed two new firefighters who were appointed to the department in recent weeks to fill vacancies created by retirements.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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