|Shelton changing how fire officials
By AMANDA CUDA
Thursday, July 20, 2000
SHELTON - There will be some changes in the way the
city selects its
fire officials, following a Wednesday meeting of the Board of Fire
The board Wednesday approved new job descriptions for fire chief,
assistant chief and deputy chief.
However, Commission Chairman Kenneth F. Nappi said descriptions for
"non-tested positions" - including fire marshal, fire alarm superintendent
and assistant fire alarm superintendent - still need to be discussed and
approved. Nappi said he didn't know when that would happen.
The changes include the creation of a deputy fire chief position and the
extension of term limits for administrators, from two to three years.
Commissioners also approved a new appointment process, which would
include having job applicants take a technical oral examination,
conducted by fire officials from outside the department and one
volunteer firefighter. The board would then interview the five top-scoring
Nappi said the changes, discussed at a board workshop last week, need
approval from the city's corporation counsel. If the changes are
adopted, it will be the first time the descriptions have been changed
since the 1980s.
The changes come less than a month after a Derby Superior Court ruling
said that three fire administrators - Chief John Millo and Assistant Fire
Chiefs Justin Sabatino and Stephen Nesteriak - were illegally promoted
and should step down.
The court's ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by seven
firefighters who claimed that the three were promoted despite failing a
required written exam.
Amanda Cuda, who
covers Ansonia, can be reached at 736-5440.