Seekonk Appoints New Fire Chief
The Board of Selectmen appointed Frederick MacDonald as the new Fire Chief Wednesday. MacDonald, a Seekonk resident, has been a firefighter in East Providence for 21 years. Town administrator Shawn Cadime said MacDonald “seems to be the right fit” for the position. There were 25 applicants for the position. 10 interviews were conducted by the search committee, Cadime noted.
Selectman Justin Sullivan said he was “very confident” in MacDonald’s abilities to lead the fire department. Selectman Nelson Almeida noted there were no applicants for the position from inside the fire department. “This candidate is qualified,” Almeida said. “(MacDonald) did a great job in East Providence.”
MacDonald is taking over the position from Michael Healy, who retired at the end of April. Healy had served as Fire Chief since his appointment in September 2014. Selectmen also appointed Eric Schoonmaker as a Recruit Officer for the Police department. Eric Dallaire was appointed to the position of Special Police Officer.