Originally posted on April 12. Updated at 5 a.m. on April 13.
Selectmen rejected Town Manager Bob Halpin’s pick for Framingham Fire Chief tonight.
Halpin wanted to hire West Hartford Battalion Chief John Deckers.
A majority of the Framingham Selectmen wanted an internal candidate, who was one of the finalists.
Framingham Fire Marshal Joseph Hicks was one of Halpin’s finalists.
Selectmen Cesar Monzon, Charlie Sisitsky, and Jason Smith said they want the Town Manager to promote from within.
Sisitsky said it was important to promote from within, and that is what he did when he headed the Natick DPW.
Sisitsky, who is the longest serving member on the Board of Selectmen, said Hicks “should be given a chance to show what he can do.”
Promoting from within is “good for the individual. It is good for the organization,” said Sisitsky. “It is good for the community.”
Selectman Laurie Lee said she would support the Town Manager’s pick, based on his past experience of hiring department heads.
Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll did not give an opinion, as it was already 3-1 against Deckers.
Selectmen must approve the Town Manager’s pick for fire chief, under the Town Manager Act.