WELLSVILLE - With village fire Chief William Smith lacking proper certification and currently on vacation, Village Council on Tuesday passed legislation naming a new part-time, temporary fire chief.
With members Rosie Goss and Tonda Ross absent, council approved a recommendation by Mayor Susan Haugh to appoint retired fire Chief David Lloyd to the temporary post until Jan. 1 of next year.
While Lloyd also no longer has his certification, he has a year in which to obtain it.
Questioned during the meeting by Councilman Tony Cataldo whether she thinks Lloyd would seek certification in the event Smith retires later this year, Haugh said, "My understanding is the issue with Chief Smith will be resolved by that time."
Haugh said after the meeting she doesn't expect Lloyd to renew his certification after January.
Asked after the meeting why the department's second paid firefighter, Barry Podwel, wasn't appointed to the temporary chief's spot, Haugh said he is currently in school to obtain his required 240 firefighters hours and also is not yet trained in the administrative end of the fire chief's position.
Smith learned recently while attempting to recertify that his recertification attempt in 2009 had not been successful even though he and five other firefighters took the recertification online.
He and volunteer Mick Comparetto questioned their status at the time but were reportedly assured by the state that their recertification was intact, which turned out not to be the case. A state review board is still looking at the matter.
Lloyd had been hired as a paid, called-out firefighter during an emergency council meeting on Sept. 5. Haugh said his appointment as temporary chief will not change that status.