City close to choosing fire chief

GLOVERSVILLE – Mayor Dayton King has nominated one of the city’s battalion chiefs to be the next fire chief.

King said he sent an email to the city council members indicating his choice.

He told The Leader-Herald he was considering battalion chiefs Tom Groff and David Rackmyre for the position, but he would not say which person he nominated.

However, 2nd Ward Councilman Art Simonds said the mayor is nominating Groff. Simonds said he agrees with the choice.

The city council will review the mayor’s choice and decide whether to give approval.

“Nothing has been decided yet,” said city 4th Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio.

First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said the council still needs to discuss the matter.

The appointment could come up at the next council work session, which is scheduled for Tuesday, but the council won’t know for sure until the agenda is released Friday, Anadio said.

Sixth Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski said he thinks the position will be discussed at the next meeting.

King said the council may go into a closed executive session to discuss the nominee and a contract. King said he interviewed Groff and Rackmyre about the position and has been negotiating salary and benefits with his nominee.

The Fire Department has been without a fire chief since the end of June, when former Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam retired after 27 years of service. Whitman-Putnam earned $87,500 in 2013.

Simonds said the mayor emailed the council about his decision and encouraged the members to take the time to meet and talk with the candidate.

Rackmyre had no comment for The Leader-Herald and Groff could not be reached for comment.