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Kelley named fire chief following Jefferson's retirement

Chief Kevin KelleyKelley

UPDATED, July 25: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine has appointed Kevin M. Kelley as fire chief following the June retirement of Chief Robert Jefferson.

Kelley has served in the Arlington Fire Department since 1994, most recently as deputy chief.

The fire chief provides professional administration and oversight of more than 70 firefighters and civilian personnel and coordinates AFD activities in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and local bylaws. The chief also serves as the Town's Emergency Management Coordinator. Kelley began his appointment last month, a July 22 town news release says.

“I am pleased that Kevin has accepted this new role,” said Chapdelaine in the release. “Chief Kelley has an exemplary record with the department and for his public service in fire prevention. He also brings a wealth of technical expertise and a collaborative spirit that all will benefit from.”

Kelley was selected following the state’s Civil Service process. Members of the selection team were Chapdelaine; Deputy Town Manager Sandy Pooler; Assistant Town Manager Jim Feeney, Fire Chief Jefferson and Human Resources Director Caryn Malloy.

“My entire career in fire prevention has been with Arlington and it’s an honor to be chosen to lead the department,” said Kelley. “I look forward to working with Town officials, employees, and the public to continue the department’s work in fire prevention and safety.”

Salary, service

Kelley's annual salary is $161,180, Caryn Cove Malloy, director of human resources, reported.

On his retirement, Jefferson was paid $185,481 annually. He served the town for 36 years.

Kelley has served as a SAFE Coordinator and has been an instructor since its inception since 1995. He has also served as a training officers and fire prevention officer.

Before coming to Arlington he was an information systems analyst and served as a fire-suppression specialist in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from USAF Fire Academy and Specialized Rescue Schools.

Kelly holds a bachelor,s of science management with a management information systems concentration from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In 2015 he was award Firefighter of the Year by Chief Jefferson.


This news announcement was published Monday, July 22, 2019, and updated July 25, to add salary, service.

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