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New fire chief expected at Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE — The Village of Chesapeake is expected to get a new fire chief following the resignation of longtime chief Brandon Best.

Best retired effective June 30 citing family reasons, according to village Mayor Dick Gilpin.

“We got a nomination from the fire department of Ed Webb,” Gilpin said. “We have to approve that at council and with the Union Township Trustees. I am sure he will be approved.”

Currently Webb is the assistant chief of the volunteer fire department. Even though the position has no salary, both the village council and the township trustees must give their OK to the replacement of the chief.

“The village owns the equipment and Union Township owns the equipment,” Gilpin said. “We share a fire house.”

However, naming a new assistant chief will be done in-house by the fire department.

“They will move up some people there,” Gilpin said. “We leave that up to them.”

Approving a new chief is on Monday’s agenda for the village council.

“It is no problem,” Gilpin said. “Ed is a good, capable person.”