BANGOR, Maine — Michigan native Scott F. Lucas has been selected as Bangor’s new fire chief and — pending approval by the City Council on Monday night — will start his new job Dec. 3.
City Manager Cathy Conlow, who said Lucas will receive a two-year contract and an annual salary of $81,754, said she was impressed by how much Lucas already knew about Bangor during his visit.
“I feel very fortunate to be selected,” said Lucas, who will move to Bangor with his wife Marianna and 7-year-old son Carter after finding a house. “I kind of refer to it as a big little city or a little big city because when I got there and visited, it was obvious they had a lot more going on there than just for the residential population.”
Lucas said he realizes Bangor is a city of only about 35,000 residents, but as a service center it caters to and serves many more people.
Lucas, 45, is a 21-year firefighter who spent the last three years as assistant fire chief for the Westland Fire Department in Michigan, which serves an area with a population of approximately 84,000.
“He was very professional, had a lot of experience, possessed a broad knowledge, and he also had another, less common strength in that he has a strong background in EMS,” said Conlow.
As assistant chief, Lucas was also Westland’s Emergency Medical Services coordinator.
Lucas was selected from an initial field of 49 candidates. There were five finalists, each of whom were personally interviewed for the job.
If confirmed, Lucas would replace former Fire Chief Jeff Cammack, who retired last February after 32 years as a firefighter and the last 15 as Bangor’s chief.