Firefighters want to name volunteer as chief

NEW MARKET – The New Market Fire and Rescue Department wants local officials to allow the department to appoint a volunteer as fire chief.

Jamie Bowman, assistant fire chief, made the request Monday during the New Market Public Safety Committee meeting.

“We just would like to see the town recommend that we (volunteers) take the responsibility of the chief position back,” Bowman said. “Our elections are coming up and more than likely, I’ll be the one to take the spot, leaving my spot open for another volunteer to take. … It’d be great to have all our officers back in there and get things squared away like they should be. I’d just like to ask that the public safety committee take it to the council.”

Councilman Gary Comer agreed to take the issue under consideration, but Town Manager Mike Ritchie said no action regarding the request is currently planned. Ritchie said that Tim Williams will continue to serve as the town’s interim chief.

“Until such a time comes for council to select another chief, Tim will remain chief,” Ritchie said. “(That matter) will be up to the public safety committee to decide (when to bring it to council).”

Williams was recently named interim chief when Gary Yew, the county’s Fire and Rescue chief, retired. Williams then was appointed to replace Yew as the county’s chief.

Also, Police Chief Chris Rinker presented a report from the department about goings on within the town. The department saw 440 calls to service during the month and Rinker explained some other notable events. There were two arrests made by the department during the month of September; one was a misdemeanor arrest and the other a DUI.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.