Jun 232014

Steele McCurdy will be Groton's next Fire Chief

Steele McCurdy will be Groton’s next Fire Chief

Littleton Deputy Fire Chief Steele McCurdy has accepted an offer from the Groton Board of Selectmen to become the town’s Fire Chief.

He received the offer Friday, after another finalist, Acton Deputy Chief Robert Hart turned down Groton’s offer for personal reasons.

The Board of Selectmen convened in an emergency meeting Friday, and extended the offer to McCurdy. After looking over the offer over the weekend, he met with BoS Chair Josh Degen and Town Manager Mark Haddad at 8 Monday morning to negotiate details in his $98,800 contract, which would last three years.

McCurdy formally accepted the offer and contract early Monday afternoon.

Ratifying the contract was the first item on the Monday evening Board of Selectman’s meeting agenda. After just a few minutes debate, four members of the board voted to ratify the contract. Selectwoman Anna Eliot abstained, and didn’t want to discuss her reasons.

McCurdy will become chief in mid-August. Chief Joe Bosselait, who was to retire July 1, has agreed to stay on an additional six weeks until McCurdy’s shift begins, Degen said.