Fire chief named; police post remains open

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — More than two months after Fire Chief Paul Murray retired the Lincoln Park Public Safety Commission tentatively appointed Lt. Liam Carroll to the post Thursday.

Carroll has 10 days to accept the post — he was unable to attend last week’s meeting — and the appointment will likely be effective Feb. 1.

Interviews for the post were conducted by the commission earlier this month. Carroll was one of four contenders, along with Inspector Al Dyer, Sgt. Steven Martin and Capt. Michael Silvani. Murray retired Nov. 2 after 30 years with the department.

Commissioners were unanimous in their choice of Carroll, and said that each of the applicants were well qualified as firefighters and leaders. Under the terms of the city’s contract with International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1292, the position was only open to current employees of the department.

The appointment was one of two decisions pending by the commission. The city’s police department has been under the watch of interim Chief Brian Hawk since the October retirement of Thomas Karnes.

Hawk and Lt. John Martin applied for the position and were interviewed by the commission last month. The panel, however, postponed a final decision to allow additional applicants to apply.

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