The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 25, 2002


Chief Koning recommends David Flannery for new fire chief

Fire Chief Robert Koning gave his recommendations to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen on how the town might find the best candidate to replace him when he retires January 1. Koning said of Deputy Fire Chief David Flannery, "My deputy chief has been with me for 25 years, and has learned the job well, and I think he can do the job well."

Koning felt that promoting from within the department would best guarantee a new chief that department members accepted, who understood the town and who met the town residency requirements.

The job of fire chief is part-time, but the hours vary a great deal, ranging from 10 to 30 hours per week. Since last year's terrorist attack on 9/11, there are many more regional planning meetings to attend. Koning felt the fire chief's job is important to maintain the integrity of Carlisle's fire department, and to maintain the on-call status for as long as possible.

The selectmen agreed with the recommendations. They decided to abbreviate the search process, though the board felt it was still appropriate to advertise the position for one week in the Mosquito (see page 14). A committee consisting of selectman John Ballantine, town administrator Madonna McKenzie and Chief Koning will interview all candidates, and make a recommendation to the board of selectmen, who hope to announce a decision before Thanksgiving.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito