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Lockport fire chief candidates to be interviewed Feb. 12

LOCKPORT – The six candidates for Lockport fire chief will be interviewed by the Fire Board Feb. 12, and an appointment may be voted on that day, board president Peter P. Robinson said.

The board decided on the date during a meeting Monday. Six officers are on the eligible list to succeed Chief Thomas J. Passuite, who retired last month. However, only the top three scorers on the civil service exam may be considered for hiring unless they decide they don’t want to be considered anymore. If any of the top three drop out, the next highest scorer can be added to the “reachable” list of potential hires.

Capt. Patrick K. Brady was named interim chief by the Fire Board Dec. 18. He was one of the top three candidates, along with Assistant Chief Michael B. Seeloff and Capt. Thomas P. Lupo. The others, in scoring order, are Assistant Chief Matthew O. Streckewald, Municipal Training Officer Luca C.P. Quagliano and Assistant Chief Patrick F. Costello.

Robinson said each interview by the five-member board will last 15 to 30 minutes. The Fire Board’s choice for chief does not require Common Council approval. The budgeted salary is $53,500, down from the $88,000 Passuite was making after 20 years as chief.