OSWEGO, NY – The Port City’s new fire chief was officially sworn into office Monday evening prior to the start of the regular committee meetings.
Mayor Billy Barlow said he feels the community is lucky to have Chief Randall Griffin at the helm of OFD.
“It was a little awkward when we first announced his appointment,” Barlow said.
Griffin faced questions from the media like, ‘why Oswego, given all the stuff that’s happened?’ the mayor noted.
His answer speaks to the person that he is, the chief he is, the leader he is,” Barlow said. “His resume, his professional experience, knowledge in emergency management, fire service and Homeland Security speaks for itself. I expect big things out of the Oswego Fire Department.”
The chief’s first day was March 31. He and the mayor had an orientation meeting with the members and staff of the department.
“After that meeting, I felt really good because, obviously 2016, in my opinion, was a necessary year, but no doubt was a turbulent and difficult year for the fire department. But the message at this point is simple in that it is time to move forward and put 2016 behind us. I think Chief Griffin is the guy to lead the way and I think the fire department is going to be a much better, much improved fire department moving forward. I am happy and excited to help the fire department any way I can,” Mayor Barlow said.
Long-time honorary member of the OFD Roger Pullen held the bible for Chief Griffin as the mayor performed the swearing in ceremony.
Several members of the department were on hand for the ceremony to show support for their new chief.
The protection and safety of a community’s citizens is one of the most important roles of government, the chief said.
“I am honored to be given that responsibility,” he said. “I take it very seriously. We have many great men and women in the Oswego Fire Department. I know it’s been a tumultuous time up until now. But that ends today.”
From here on out, he said, he is looking forward to giving the city of Oswego “the service that it deserves.”
“The city needs a fire department and the department needs the support of the city,” Chief Griffin said.