Seeking input on new Fire Chief: Forum and alternatives

Before hiring a new chief for the Fire Department, the Town wants to hear from you. As part of its process, the screening committee announced a forum for public feedback later this month. Those who can’t make it can email their thoughts.

(If you’re interested in that, you’ll probably also want to know what the Town posted to attract applicants. Click here to view the wanted ad. The ad prompts potential applicants to check out a more detailed posting here with this job description. Applications are due November 20th.)

The screening committee is now inviting input from:

All residents, employees, and property owners of Southborough, as well as all others interested in the functioning and operations of the Southborough Fire Department

The notice goes on to explain:

The charge of our committee is to identify and recommend up to five finalists for consideration by the Selectmen for the position of Fire Chief. We would appreciate any comments regarding the operations of the fire department, qualities you value or think are critical in a Chief, and any concerns you may have.

We would ask that you take one of the following steps to advise us of your suggestions or concerns:

  • Attend the Open Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 26th at 7:00pm to be held in the McAuliffe Hearing Room in the Town House. This meeting will solely focus on providing a forum to hear from those that are interested or want to provide input into this process.
  • For those that are unable to attend, send an email to our Committee Chair, Jason Malinowski, at If you wish your email to be read into the minutes of the November 26th Open Meeting, please indicate this preference and include your name and address.
  • Reach out to any resident member of the Committee by leaving a written message directed to their attention with a note that it relates to the Fire Chief Screening Committee at the Town House.

Comments received by Monday, December 3rd will be considered as part of our process.

Thank you in advance for your help and valuable input into this process.

Fire Chief Screening Committee Members

Jason Malinowski, Chair (Resident)
Janet Maney, Vice Chair (Resident)
Sam Stivers, Clerk (Resident)
Chief Ken Paulhus, Southborough Police Department
Chief Kevin Breen, Marlborough Fire Department

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