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Kelley Named New Chief of Arlington Fire Department

Post Date:07/22/2019 3:35 PM
Arlington Fire Chief Kevin KelleyArlington Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine, has appointed Kevin M. Kelley as Fire Chief. Kelley has served in the Arlington Fire Department (AFD) since 1994, most recently as Deputy Chief. The Fire Chief provides professional administration and oversight of over 70 firefighters and civilian personnel and coordinates AFD activities in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and local bylaws. The Chief also serves as the Town's Emergency Management Coordinator. Chief Kelley began his appointment on June 26, 2019.

“I am pleased that Kevin has accepted this new role,” said Arlington Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine. “Chief Kelley has an exemplary record with the department and for his public service in fire prevention. He also brings a wealth of technical expertise and a collaborative spirit that all will benefit from.”

Mr. Kelley was selected following the state’s civil service process. Members of the selection team were: Mr. Chapdelaine; Deputy Town Manager, Sandy Pooler; Assistant Town Manager Jim Feeney, Arlington Fire Chief Robert Jefferson, and Human Resources Director, Caryn Malloy.

“My entire career in fire prevention has been with Arlington and it’s an honor to be chosen to lead the department,” said Mr. Kelley. “I look forward to working with Town officials, employees, and the public to continue the department’s work in fire prevention and safety.”

Mr. Kelley has served as a SAFE Coordinator and has been an instructor since its inception since 1995, he has also served as a Training Officers and Fire Prevention Officer. Before coming to Arlington he was an information systems analyst and served as a fire suppression specialist in the United States Air Force. He graduated from USAF Fire Academy and Specialized Rescue Schools. Mr. Kelley holds a Bachelors of Science Management with a Management Information Systems concentration from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In 2015 he was award Firefighter of the Year by Chief Jefferson who retired in June 2019.

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