STAMFORD — The Board of Representatives Appointments Committee enthusiastically endorsed Peter Brown as the city’s next fire chief Tuesday night.
Brown, a nearly 40-year veteran of the Stamford Fire Department, was wooed out of retirement earlier this month by newly-elected Mayor David Martin. He told the Appointments committee his first priority is to bring together the city’s fractured fire services under one department.
“I look for the opportunity to unify the fire serves in the city of Stamford and make us a model in the state of Connecticut,” Brown said. “Everything is teamwork.”
Committee Chairwoman Annie Summerville said she has heard only positive feedback following the announcement of Brown’s candidacy.
“You are so well-liked,” Summerville said. “And you are a model for the fire department and everyone who wears the uniform.”
The committee unanimously voted to approve Brown’s contract, which will go before the full Board of Representatives for final approval next month.
Committee members approved all the nominations before them Tuesday, including all the police and fire commission appointments put forth by Martin. Notable appointments approved Tuesday include:
- Police commissioner Ralph Serafino, approved in a 2-1-4 vote (McGarry/Figueroa in favor, Cerasoli opposed, Franzetti, Caterbone, Savage, Summerville abstaining)
- Director of Administration Mike Handler, approved in a 6-1 vote (Cerasoli opposed)
- Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski, unanimously approved
- Director of Legal Affairs Kathryn Emmett, unanimously approved