Fissel named next fire chief





Layman steps into assistant chief role; 10 make police officer list

A 15 1/2-year veteran of the Bellefontaine Fire Department was named Friday to replace Chief J.P. Schulz, who is retiring after 25 years with the city.

Mayor Adam Brannon announced Assistant Fire Chief Andy Fissel will be the new chief after Chief Schulz leaves Jan. 10.

“It’s definitely a great honor,” Assistant Chief Fissel said after the Bellefontaine Civil Service Commission voted to certify promotion lists, “and reassuring to have the administration’s vote of confidence.

“Being in fire safety and EMS is about public service and this is just a different opportunity to serve.”

He was one of two assistant chiefs to take the promotional test. A little more than six points separated Mr. Fissel from T.J. Weikart.

The chief test was one of three certified during the commission’s meeting.

Firefighter Mark Layman, a 12 1/2-year veteran, topped a field of six to become the next assistant fire chief. Others on the list were: Shannon Reames, David Wisner, Blake Palmer, Benjamin Kennedy and Douglas Hager.

Ten people were named to an eligibility list for police officer and they were, in alphabetical order: Ryan Brown; Jerrod Hostetler; Thomas Hoying; Michael Morgan; Natalie Morin; Dustin Poland; William Shields; James Simpson; Nick Temple and Alex Wilson.

The Bellefontaine Police Department could hire anyone from the list once positions become open.

Chief Brandon Standley said he is hopeful some action could come within the next month or so...

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