The Everett City Council on Monday night voted unanimously, 9-0 to approve the promotions of six members of the Everett Fire Department, including the appointment of two new Deputy Chiefs. Councilors John Leo McKinnon and Sal Sachetta were absent from Monday’s meetings.
Leading the way among the newly appointed were Joseph Hickey and Anthony Carli, who each were promoted to be Deputy Chiefs to Chief David Butler.
Behind those appointments, Samuel Baral was promoted to Fire Captain and three others were promoted to Fire Lieutenant.
The new lieutenants are Gary Ostler, William Hurley and Kevin Williams.
The six new senior officers will help lead the Everett Fire Department, which has 103 firefighters, including two new firefighters who were hired by the city in August.
The promotions of Hickey and Carli to Deputy Chief positions may also help answer questions about the future leadership of the department and possible successors should Chief David Butler decide to retire someday.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria caused a bit of controversy last year, when he asked the Council to consider taking the Chief’s position out of Civil Service, so that when he or another Mayor in the future has to pick a new chief, he would have more freedom to make that selection.
Part of Mayor DeMaria’s reasoning at the time was that no clear candidates were evident among the firefighter ranks and that senior officers in the department had stopped taking the Fire Chief’s test, due to Butler’s expected continuing tenure in the job.
With the two new Deputy Chiefs established, it is possible that a succession plan would be more evident moving forward.
Police hire two new recruits
Not all of the good news was reserved for the city’s fire department on Monday night. In addition to the six promotions in the fire department, the Everett Police Department also got to celebrate the hiring of two new patrol officers.
The Council voted unanimously, 9-0, to approve the appointments of rookie patrol officers John A. Fitzpatrick III and Hayli Leal Hill.
The two new officers join six other new recruits who joined the Everett Police Department just last June.