Jeff Carley named Wyandotte fire chief

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Jeffery Carley was named Wyandotte Fire Chief at the City Council’s regular meeting Monday.

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – The city’s new fire chief is a familiar face to many residents.

City Councilors Monday appointed Capt. Jeffery Carley to fill the chief position vacated by the retirement of Chief Michael MacDonald, who retired Jan. 17.

Carley, a 21-year veteran of the Fire Department, was approved by the Police and Fire Commission and the Firefighters Civil Service Commission after scoring the highest on a test for the position. One other firefighter took the test.

Mayor Joseph Peterson praised Carley for his commitment to the Fire Department.

“He bleeds that fire engine red,” Peterson said.

Peterson also noted that Carley has “big shoes to fill,” in MacDonald’s absence and faces one of the toughest economic climates of any fire chief. He also praised MacDonald for his dedication to the department, including working within an overtime budget that had been cut in half.

“It’s always easy to do something when you have lots of money,” Peterson said. “It’s hard to make decisions when you have limited money.”

Carley said he hopes to continue MacDonald’s strategies and make no big changes to the department’s operations.

“I hope I can do just half as well as Mike’s done,” Carley said. “Mike’s done a great job and hopefully we can continue to do that, continue to work forward.”