Former Fire Chief Jordan honored, then appointed to new post

By Larry Di Giovanni | May 13, 2014
Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni Retiring Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan Jr., left, receives a commendation from Mayor Larry Pritchett on May 12.

Rockland — Rockland City Council members honored former Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan Jr. May 12 with a commendation for 25 years of exemplary service that helped save lives and property.

Then almost immediately, councilors voted 5-0 to retain his administrative expertise in a different capacity: Jordan was appointed to become the newest member of the city’s planning board through 2016. Councilors, flanked by more than a dozen fire department personnel on hand to honor Jordan, heaped praise on a civil servant who spent 15 years in the Call Division and 10 more years as fire chief.

Jordan comes from a family with a long history in real estate in the Midcoast. He will re-enter that arena as a commercial appraiser.

“You don’t get to do this for 25 years without support from home, so thank you for listening to the pager and all my crabbing and stuff,” Jordan said, directing the comment to his wife, Robin, whom he referred to as his family’s “commissioner.”

Councilor Eric Hebert gave a detailed explanation of what makes a good department head, starting with technical expertise. Jordan possesses that expertise and will also bring financial know-how to the planning board from having effectively organized and prioritized fire department budgets, Hebert said. He also commended Jordan for advocating for his department, and demonstrating pragmatism to hold to ideals while accepting “real world” budget conditions.

Mayor Larry Pritchett praised Jordan for leading fire prevention efforts, which cut down on the number of buildings lost by fire in recent years. Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf said it is “striking” to view how proud Jordan was of all aspects of the fire department, from fire engines to personnel, while being “especially proud of the staff he worked with.”

Pritchett read a letter of commendation to Jordan from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. It read in part: “Your service has made a lasting contribution to the safety and well-being of the residents of Rockland, and I’m honored to join your friends, family and colleagues in recognizing your achievement.”

Courier Publications reporter Larry Di Giovanni can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at ldigiovanni@villagesoup.com.

Rockland firefighters line up in the Rockland council chambers May 12 to honor former Fire Chief Charlie Jordan Jr., foreground, seated next to his wife, Robin. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.

Di Giovanni has covered news beats ranging from the city of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to the largest tribal government in the United States — the Navajo Nation. He has also worked as a writer in the public education and higher education fields. He's an animal enthusiast and loves dogs.

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