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Fire department vet named interim chief

March 18, 2004|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Ron Flegel, a 37-year veteran of the Waynesboro Fire Department, was appointed interim chief Wednesday night to serve a term expected to last three to four months.

The council will decide how it wants to fill the vacancy left by former chief Glen Dale Fishack, who was fired in December from the job he had held since 1997.

Fishack was charged with theft of fire department funds, according to court records. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

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Flegel, 62, has been a paid career driver with the department for 36 years. He serves in the Virginia Avenue fire station.

He said he plans to stay there rather than move to Fishack's former office in the South Potomac Street fire station, at least for the time being.

Flegel said he sees his temporary appointment as a challenge.

"I'll help to fill a void," he said.

He will be paid an extra $200 a month over his regular driver's salary to serve as chief.

Fishack, the department's first full-time chief, earned $36,000.

Charles "Chip" McCammon, Borough Council president, said the council is considering two alternatives in naming a permanent replacement for Fishack.

One is to appoint a paid driver who also would serve as fire chief, much like Flegel's temporary position. The other is to appoint a part-time chief who wouldn't be a full-time paid member of the department.

Before Fishack's job was created, the department operated with a part-time chief, McCammon said.

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