December 5, 2021

Seekonk Picks First Female Fire Chief

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History was made Wednesday with the appointment of Sandra Lowery as the town’s new Fire Chief by the Board of Selectmen. Lowery, who had been serving as Interim Chief, is the first woman to lead the Seekonk Fire Department. “To our knowledge, (Lowery) is also Bristol County’s first female Fire Chief. It’s quite an achievement,” Selectmen Chairman Justin Sullivan said.

Town Administrator Shawn Cadime, who interviewed the candidates for the position, noted Lowery was “the right choice.” Cadime also recognized what he called Lowery’s “growth in confidence” during her time as Interim Chief.

Former Fire Chief David Rave’s contract was rescinded following the dismissal of domestic assault charges last July in Warwick District Court. Rave was arrested June 18 at his Cranston home. He was ordered held on a $1000 personal recognizance. Rave had been placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest.

In 2019, when former Chief Michael Healy announced his intention to retire, selectmen had hired a consulting firm to screen candidates. Public Safety Consultants, LLC of Pocasset were paid $11,900 each for the police and fire departments. This time, the search for a new Chief was launched within the Fire Department.

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