Chilmark names Jeremy Bradshaw fire chief

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Chilmark selectmen unanimously approved Fire Chief Jeremy Bradshaw's contract. — Rich Saltzberg

Chilmark Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Bradshaw ascended to full chief Tuesday after Chilmark selectmen unanimously approved his contract. 

Bradshaw told The Times he was “very excited” to begin as chief, which he expects will happen either August 1 or Sept. 1, depending on a physical he must undergo and some other prerequisite logistical items. Present Fire Chief David Norton will remain at the department as a regular firefighter, Bradshaw said, and will also help with the transition. Bardshaw said he will need to take “a lot of classes” over the winter as part of being the new chief, but is ready to do so. 

At a special morning meeting on July 19, Chilmark selectmen voted 2-0 to offer Bradshaw a contract to become fire chief. Bradshaw wasn’t present, nor was selectman Bill Rossi. Lt. Gary Robinson represented the fire department at the meeting. 

Selectman Jim Malkin said he was “very impressed” with Bradshaw’s support in the community. “With his years of service, with his comprehension of the fire department’s strategic plan, and with the impression he left on labor consultant Jack Collins,” Malkin said. 

When a request for public comment was made, Beach Department staffer June Manning said, “It’s a wise choice.”