NEWINGTON - There is a new chief in town.
Newington Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Jeffrey Trommer is now Fire Chief, following an official swearing-in on Nov. 12.
The Board of Fire Commissioners conducted a formal search process to fill the position following the retirement of Chief Chris Schroeder in August. Schroeder spent 46 years with the department.
The board employed the services of an outside company to evaluate all applicants before Trommer was identified as the prime candidate for the position.
Fire commissioners had planned a traditional swearing-in ceremony for the new chief alongside town officials and NVFD officers, but it had to be canceled after Newington’s covid-19 status moved up to Red Alert.
Trommer was sworn in privately in the new Town Hall by a staff member with the Town Clerk’s office.
The NVFD announced the official appointment in a post to its Facebook page later that evening.
“Please congratulate Chief Jeffrey Trommer, the new Chief of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department!” the post read. “Chief Trommer was sworn in this afternoon. Covid-19 may dampen our ability to celebrate with him on this special day, so we ask everyone to take the time to welcome our new Chief. On behalf of The Newington Volunteer Fire Department, congratulations Chief Trommer!”
At least 69 comments featured lots of congratulations from local residents, friends, family and colleagues at the fire department.
Kristina Zuluaga wrote, “Congratulations Chief! So glad to have you and your department protecting us!”
From Jim Slattery: “Congratulations Jeff. Well done. You’ll do a great job.”
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