BRADFORD, Maine — Town selectmen reached an agreement Monday night with three high-ranking Fire Department officials who had threatened to resign.
Town Manager Matthew Pineo said that Fire Chief Scott DeMoranville, Assistant Chief Tom Kirlin and former chief and current firefighter Carlene Oakes all withdrew their resignation letters.
“We’ve enlisted a liaison to work with the Fire Department and the selectmen on some of their ongoing issues,” Pineo said.
DeMoranville evidently tendered his resignation initially over frustrations with selectmen about a new budget process. Specifically, the chief bristled at the idea of having to approve all expenses through the Board of Selectmen, which he felt was a barrier, according to Pineo.
Kirlin and Oakes stood behind their chief.
On Monday, the budget process was modified to allow the Fire Department to spend up to $1,000 a month before seeking approval of the board, at least for a six-month trial period.
“Everybody is committed to moving forward from this,” Pineo said.