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St. Johnsbury picks new fire chief

January 4, 2022 GMT

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The town of St. Johnsbury has picked a new fire chief.

Assistant Fire Chief Bradley Reed will take over on Friday, the town manager said Tuesday.

A recruitment contractor interviewed eight candidates and picked four for further interview, Town Manager Chad Whitehead said in an email. Reed was picked unanimously by the selection committee, he said.

Former Fire Chief Jon Bouffard announced this summer that he would be leaving the department at the end of July, the Caledonian-Record reported. The town hired an interim fire chief after that.

Reed started as a call firefighter in St. Johnsbury in 1998, joined the career staff in 2001, became an officer in 2006 and was appointed assistant chief in 2018, Whitehead said. He is also the fifth member of his family to serve in the St Johnsbury Fire Department, Whitehead noted.