Rockport fire chief to retire; 60 applications received

By Stephanie Grinnell | Jan 15, 2013
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Rockport — Longtime Rockport Fire Chief Bruce Woodward is set to retire in March following decades of service to the town. Town officials advertised the position starting in mid-December and asked applications be submitted by Jan. 10.

Town Manager Robert Peabody said as of the deadline, 60 applications had been received, "from as far away as Alaska. Quite a few from New England, some from Maine, a few local." He described the number of applications as daunting to initially sift through but also "an excess of goodness."

He said an existing committee will review the applications starting this week and proceed to arrange interviews with potential candidates. The committee is made up of Peabody and Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan as well as Rockport firefighters Charlie Pearson, John Wickenden and Bill Lane, according to the town manager's office.

Peabody said he has not yet set a timeline for hiring the new chief but is confident the department is in good hands should there be a gap between Woodward's retirement and the start date of a new chief.

According to advertising placed in several local publications, the town is seeking a new chief with "considerable experience both administratively and in incident management including experience as a fire service officer." The chief is responsible for supervising approximately 30 volunteer firefighters and is the only full-time employee of the department.

Rockport has a fire station on Main Street that is combined with the police station as well as an unmanned station in West Rockport at the intersection of Routes 17 and 90.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Bea Elaine Grant | Jan 17, 2013 17:41

Best of luck to you..Good job..

Bea and Boze



Posted by: Sylvia E Birmingham | Jan 16, 2013 14:11

Best wishes Bruce in your retirement!  You certainly have earned it.  Wilbur  & Sylvia



Posted by: Lorrie Callaway | Jan 15, 2013 21:00

It will take at LEAST 6 people to fill Bruce's job! What a loss to our community, but a well deserved retirement!!



Posted by: RSU #13 CENTRAL OFFICE | Jan 15, 2013 15:28

No doubt about it. Chief Woodward is a reare gem. Good luck Bruce!



Posted by: Jan L Fish | Jan 15, 2013 11:49

The person chosen to fill that position has some seriously large shoes to fill. We will miss that wonderful grin at the fire station. Warm Best Wishes Bruce...you have earned it! Jan and Doc



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