Pittsfield poised to name Tom Sammons as next fire chief

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PITTSFIELD — Deputy Chief Tom Sammons will be Pittsfield's new fire chief, according to several city sources.

Mayor Linda Tyer's office sent out a press release Tuesday confirming the selection, but it prohibited Sammons from participating in an interview pending a Wednesday morning press conference. Tyer made the selection last week.

Meantime at headquarters, the fire crew made celebratory Buffalo-style chicken sandwiches — with jalapenos — for Sammons, who worked his last floor shift on Tuesday.

Sammons will succeed former Chief Robert Czerwinski, who retired in July. Since then, Daniel Garner has been serving as acting chief of the department.

According to Civil Service exam results posted online, Garner ranked first in the assessment, while Sammons and Capt. Neil Myers tied for second place.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

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