Three promoted in fire department

NASHUA – Fire officials promoted three members of the city’s fire department Wednesday to positions opened following the retirement of former Fire Chief Mike Buxton.

Lake Street Community Fire Station Capt. Dan Cronin was promoted to the position of deputy fire chief replacing Deputy Fire Chief Michael Mansfield, who was elected to assistant fire chief of operations last month.

Fire Lt. Glen McDonald was promoted to the rank of captain replacing Cronin, and Private Tony Stowers was promoted to the rank of lieutenant replacing McDonald.

Stowers is the son of former Derry Fire Chief Ronald Stowers, according to acting Fire Chief Roger Hatfield.

All of the department’s recent promotions, including Hatfield as fire chief, Brian Morrissey as assistant chief of administration, will become effective June 1, Hatfield said.

The promotions were the first under a new set of guidelines specified in the contract with the firefighters union, said Mark Piekarski chairman of the Nashua Board of Fire Commissioners.

Under the new contract, two members of the board of fire commissioners, the fire chief or his designee and one member of the city’s human resources department must be present during the interview process, Piekarski said.

The chief and the commissioners then make a recommendation for the promotion, which must then be approved by the board, he said.
Wednesday the board unanimously approved all of the recommendations, Piekarski said.

“They really displayed more outstanding leadership abilities. That was what we were looking for and that was what they displayed,” said Piekarski.

A pinning ceremony for the newly promoted officers is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 10, Hatfield said.

A location for the ceremony has not yet been decided, he said.