David Flannery chosen Carlisle's next fire chief

The Carlisle Board of Selectmen were unanimous in their praise for David Flannery and appointed him to the part-time position of chief of the fire department, effective January 1, when current fire chief Bob Koning retires.

Selectman Tim Hult chaired this portion of the November 12 board meeting because chair Doug Stevenson is a member of the fire department. Hult explained that Koning is stepping down as he reaches the mandatory retirement age, and added, "Fortunately we have a strong candidate from within the department." The selectmen had advertised the job opening briefly in the Mosquito and the search committee, composed of selectman John Ballantine, town administrator Madonna McKenzie, and Koning, interviewed Flannery before unanimously recommending his appointment.

Flannery joined the Carlisle Fire Department in 1969, and was promoted to deputy fire chief ten years later. Since 1974, he has also served as an emergency medical technician (EMT). He will continue in his other town job, as supervisor of buildings and grounds at the Carlisle Public Schools, a post he has held for over 25 years. In 1997, Flannery received Carlisle's Most Honored Citizen award.

Selectman Vivian Chaput thanked Koning for all his years as fire chief, adding, "It will be very difficult for anyone to follow in your footsteps."

Selectman Carol Peters said she was very comfortable with the choice of Flannery and was "very pleased that he is willing to take on this responsibility." He is very dedicated, said Ballantine; "He is an extraordinary individual." The audience joined in warm applause.

Flannery praised Carlisle's Fire Department and accepted the new job with the words, "I'm honored."