Rockport’s new fire chief nominated, faces Selectboard approval

Posted May 07, 2013, at 7:31 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Rockport may have a new fire chief starting next month for the first time in 42 years.

Interim Rockport Town Manager Roger Moody said Tuesday that he has nominated Jason Peasley to be the town’s next fire chief. The Rockport Selectboard will vote on confirming Peasley at its Monday night meeting.

Peasley currently is fire chief in nearby Lincolnville. The chief’s job in Lincolnville is a stipend position while in Rockport it is a full-time post.

Peasley has been fire chief in Lincolnville for three years and was its assistant chief before that, Moody said.

The new chief is expected to begin his duties on June 3 and will be paid $58,000 annually.

There were 60 applicants during a first search earlier this year but no one was nominated out of that pool. Moody said 47 people applied in the most recent search.

Peasley will succeed Bruce Woodward who has been with the fire department for 43 years.

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