Waldoboro selectmen on March 23 voted to endorse the recommendations of the town manager and the fire chief and appointed Dale Smith to the position of deputy fire chief and William Maxwell to assistant fire chief.

The vote by Selectmen Clinton Collamore, Rebecca Maxwell and Robert Butler was unanimous.

Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer said Smith has 30 years of firefighting experience. He joined the Waldoboro Fire Department in the late 1990s, and became a lieutenant 10 years ago. Smeltzer said Smith served well in the role of assistant fire chief in the last year.

“He’s been a tremendous asset to the department,” Smeltzer said. “He’s been a great help to me in the past year, my first year as chief.”

William Maxwell has been with the Waldoboro Fire Department for 25 years, Smeltzer said. William Maxwell has been a lieutenant since 1998, and taken command at emergency scenes.

“He served in that position very well,” Smeltzer said.

Rebecca Maxwell offered congratulations to Smith, and then, with emotion, turned to her son William Maxwell.

“I am very proud to say congratulations to my son,” she said.

Collamore said he was glad to see good candidates move up in the fire department.

Butler said the appointments were well earned, and he was pleased to see that Smith and William Maxwell were willing to take on the responsibility.

The fire chief said there were three applications for the position of deputy fire chief and four applications for assistant fire chief. All were worthy candidates, Smeltzer said. After Smeltzer’s interview process, he forwarded his recommendations to Town Manager William Post, who endorsed Smeltzer’s decisions and brought the appointments to the Board of Selectmen.

After the selectmen’s vote, Smeltzer presented helmets to the firefighters with their new titles.