City Manager announces interim fire chief for Batavia
City Manager Jason Molino announced this afternoon that he's found an interim fire chief.
It's Ralph Hyde, who served the Batavia Fire Department from 1959 to 1992, taking on the role of chief in 1971.
While Hyde is drawing a pension, Molino said he does not anticipate a 211 waiver problem like the one that forced Tom Dillon to quit the job two weeks ago. Hyde's position is clearly temporary. Dillon's appointment was temporary, but then when the decision was made ot keep him in a permanent role, a 211 waiver was required.
For further details and comments from Molino, tune into WBTA 1490-AM at 12:30.
UPDATE: Joanne Beck has posted a nice story about Hyde taking over as chief.
''I'm getting back in the game; I'm good and healthy. I'm excited; I always enjoyed the challenge of the job,'' he said Thursday afternoon from his city home. ''If I didn't love this, I wouldn't be coming back.''
He has been working in surveillance at Batavia Downs Gaming part-time and is anxious to begin his duties Tuesday.
"I am pleased that Chief Hyde has responded to the call of duty for the community for a second time,'' City Manager Jason Molino said. ''Chief Hyde brings a life time of commitment and leadership to Batavia."