Auburn Fire Chief Joe Morabito will retire on Valentine’s Day.
“The time is right,” he told Finger Lakes News Radio in an exclusive conversation on Friday. “I have 33 years in the system almost 30 on the job. The time is right to pass the reigns on to someone else.”
He told FLNR that being appointed chief was among the greatest highlights of his career. At the time, he thought he’d serve four years – then step aside.
“It all turned out pretty good,” he added. “I still love the job.”
Assistant Chief Mark Fritz will serve as interim chief while City Manager and former Fire Chief Jeff Dygert reviews the candidates for the position, FLNR reported on Friday.
As for the prospect of following in the footsteps of Jeff Dygert or Michael Quill, who transitioned into other roles with the city – Morabito says it won’t happen. He’s looking forward to spending more time with his grandson Quinton, FLNR reported.
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