Connick Named New Fire Chief

By: Tim Wood

Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick, shown here with his wife Kathy and granddaughter during last year's dedication of the new fire station, has been named Chatham's new fire chief. FILE PHOTO

CHATHAM – Effective March 31, Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick will be the town's new fire chief.

Town Manager Jill Goldsmith announced Connick's appointment to the board of selectmen Wednesday. Under the town's charter, the appointment is provisional, and becomes effective 15 days after the notification, unless a majority of the board votes to reject it within that time. Connick will success Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe, who retires at the end of the month.

Connick, 61, who has been with the department since 1979, was the “candidate of choice” following among two candidates who applied from within the department, Goldsmith said in her memo to selectmen. Both were interviewed by a panel that included former Selectman David Whitcomb, Rockland Fire Chief Scot Duffy, Chatham resident and Eastham Police Chief Edward Kulhawik, and Human Resources Director Jillian Douglass. Connick was their unanimous recommendation.

“Mr. Connick is well known to the community, has exceeded my expectations in his performance as deputy fire chief and is the candidate of choice after an internal search was conducted,” Goldsmith wrote.

Well known as one of the region's top emergency medical technician instructors, Connick, originally from Wellfleet, began his career as a firefighter in his hometown in 1973. He took one of the first EMT classes ever held on the Cape and soon became a paramedic. He jointed the Chatham department in 1979 and soon after began teaching EMT classes. He was named deputy chief in 2011.

Goldsmith had been urged to name a new chief from within the department by Selectman Amanda Love and others. It's the first time a chief has been hired from within the department since Chatham has had a full-time fire department.

Goldsmith plans to introduce Connick to the board on April 4. A swearing-in ceremony will be held but has not yet been scheduled, she added.

Read more on this story in Thursday's paper.