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Mayor Robert Palmieri today announced the appointment of John Kelly to serve as Temporary Chief of the Utica Fire Department.

Having served in the Utica Fire Department (UFD) for the past 22 years, Chief Kelly is highly respected and qualified to serve in this capacity.  The appointment was made off of the Fire Chief’s Civil Service list in which Chief Kelly was ranked number one.

The Mayor made the decision to appoint a Temporary Chief after conducting an analysis of the operations of the Fire Department, and soliciting the perspectives of UFD union representatives and Members of the Common Council.

Mayor Palmieri stated, “Throughout his career, Chief Kelly has proven to be a strong leader and someone who has always represented the Fire Department and City well.  I am confident he will do a great job in his new role.”

Chief Kelly stated, “I am proud and honored to be appointed Temporary Fire Chief. I look forward to working with the Mayor, members of the Common Council and members of the Fire Department command staff to move the Utica Fire Department forward. The men and women of the Utica Fire Department work tirelessly day and day out for the people of Utica and it will be an honor to lead them.

IAFF Local 32 Union President Tom Carcone stated, “Local 32 is pleased to see the appointment of a Temporary Fire Chief.  This is what we pushed for, and what we needed.  The Proper command structure for operations and functionality is a must.  Our members starting from the bottom to the top take pride in being one of the most progressive and respected departments in New York State.  This is a step to make sure that type of success and mentality is stabilized for the time being.”

Chief Kelly will assume the role of Temporary Chief effective Monday, July 24th, 2017.

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