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The Times
  • Malley appointed St. Johnsville fire chief

  • The St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees last week approved the appointment of Tom Malley as chief of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department.

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  • The St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees last week approved the appointment of Tom Malley as chief of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department.
    Members of the fire department, ladies’ auxiliary, fire council and community came out in support of Malley’s appointment to a third term as chief during a special meeting on April 10 and again during the board of trustees’ regular meeting on April 16.
    While no reason was provided for the board’s decision not to act on Malley’s appointment during the two meetings, a statement issued by Mayra Rodriguez, second assistant chief, and Karen Crouse, village clerk, after the board’s special meeting on April 18 said the problem with the appointment was a matter of miscommunication.
    “On behalf of the St. Johnsville Village Board and the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to inform the residents of the village that issues concerning the village board and the fire department have been resolved, the statement read.
    “The problem was a matter of miscommunication. We would like to clarify that there was no one party to blame, again, just miscommunication. Both parties look forward to serving the community as they have always done with citizens’ best interest in mind.”
    During the special meeting on April 10 the board asked the fire council to submit a new name to be considered for the chief’s position on or before April 16. During the April 16 regular meeting, the council resubmitted Malley’s name for fire chief. While the board, Mayor Bernard Barnes and representatives of the fire council and fire department met in executive session during the meeting, no decision was made on the appointment.
    Instead a special meeting was scheduled for April 18, which is when the board approved Malley’s appointment to a one-year term as chief.

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