Fire chief to be named by end of this month

The Wilton Fire Department should have the name of a potential chief by the end of November, Fire Commission Chairman Gary Mecozzi told The Bulletin on Friday.

A selection process was initiated after former Chief Paul Milositz stepped down from his post in July. He has since taken a job as a monorail driver at Walt Disney World, Deputy Chief Mark Amatrudo said.

Now the commission is just finishing the oral board interview process. It had hoped to announce a new chief at this month’s meeting on Tuesday, but the selection is a bit more delayed than was previously understood.

“We’re having our monthly Fire Commission meeting next Tuesday (Nov. 12), and we hoped to have — at least — the ability to put something out [about a new chief],” Mr. Mecozzi said. “But it doesn’t look like we are going to be able to finish up the oral board in time.”

Nonetheless, Mr. Mecozzi said, the commission appears poised to make a decision by the end of November, as was originally planned.

“We said we would try to do it in November, and that’s what we are trying to do,” he said. “We’re right on schedule for November.”

The commission chair declined to comment on the specifics of the selection process, as to not give anyone an unfair advantage over the competition, he said. However, he did say he would give a full review of the selection process after naming a new chief.

Deputy Chief Amatrudo had previously told The Bulletin he is “one of, what I understand to be, a large number of candidates.”