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Deputy Chief Francis Appointed to Chief of the Department
Updated On: Mar 05, 2010

New Brockton fire chief a longtime member of department

Richard Francis will succeed former Chief Kenneth Galligan

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Marc Vasconcellos/The Enterprise

Deputy Fire Chief Richard Francis has been chosen to succeed retired Fire Chief Kenneth F. Galligan.

By Kyle Alspach
Posted Feb 09, 2010 @ 01:22 AM
Last update Feb 09, 2010 @ 01:30 AM

The city’s new fire chief is a three-decade veteran of the department, Mayor Linda Balzotti said Monday.

Balzotti has picked Deputy Fire Chief Richard Francis to succeed Fire Chief Kenneth Galligan, who retired last Friday.

The appointment of Francis as fire chief was slated to be confirmed by the City Council Monday night.

Francis joined the Fire Department in 1978 and began as deputy chief in 2008, Balzotti said.

Francis scored highest on the fire chief civil service exam, which was followed by an interview with Balzotti.

“He has a real commitment and passion for his department,” the mayor said. “He’s also very willing and able to work with me as a team. That was important to me.”

Francis could not be reached for comment Monday.

It is the first appointment of a new city department head by Balzotti, who took office in January.

Kyle Alspach may be reached at kalspach@enterprisenews.com.


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