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Hinckley Township hires Parma captain to be fire chief


Hinckley Township will soon welcome a new fire chief — Mel Morgan, a captain at Parma Fire Department.

Township trustees appointed Morgan at a Monday night meeting, according to Trustee Martha Catherwood.

Morgan, a 54-year-old Broadview Heights resident, has served in the Parma Fire Department for 33 years, about 20 of which as a captain. And he’s not ready to give up his Parma position just yet.

Morgan said he plans to work full time in Parma, while also serving as the chief in Hinckley. The Hinckley position, which pays $35,000 a year, is part-time and requires a minimum of 25 hours per week.

Catherwood said Morgan was selected from a pool of 18 applicants. The chief position in the Hinckley Fire Department was left vacant after former Fire Chief Tim Potts resigned March 29 after 412 years in the position.

In the absence of a chief, the department’s six lieutenants took on day-to-day duties and Catherwood coordinated with contractors to finish the new fire department building on 1616 Ridge Road.

Catherwood said Morgan’s experience and qualifications made him the best choice.

“We had many qualified applicants,” she said. “He interviewed very well.”

He will be sworn into the 34-person paid volunteer department May 31 and start the position the next day.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” he said.

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