Supervisor Phil LaJoy handed out the badges, which was followed by the Oath of Office administered by Township Clerk Terry Bennett.
“We are very excited about our newly promoted command officers within Public Safety, as they are all fully committed to making Canton a safe community,” Public Safety Director Todd Mutchler said.
Christopher Stoecklein is the Fire Department’s new Deputy Chief. Stoecklein
began his career with Canton Public Safety in 1996 as a Public Safety Service Officer. One year later, he was promoted to the rank of Firefighter.
In his new position, Stoecklein will assume the duties of the Fire Marshal overseeing the Fire Prevention Unit. He will also be responsible for executing the department’s extensive training programs, as well as assist the Fire Chief with administrative tasks and projects.
Three firefighters were promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. In their new positions, these firefighters will serve as shift commanders overseeing the daily operation of their respective shifts, which include 18 Firefighter/Paramedics responding to emergency calls for service from three fire stations. They are also responsible for contributing to the development of subordinate personnel, including three captains assigned to their shift.
The following employees were promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief:
- Battalion Chief Steven Apostal, 24-years of service
- Battalion Chief Wendy Murphy-Stevens, 21-years of service
- Battalion Chief Paul Pavloff, 25-years of service
The following employees were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant:
- Lt. Scott Hughesdon, 23-years of service
- Lt. David Schreiner, 26-years of service
- Lt. Craig Wilsher, 15-years of service
The following employees were promoted to the rank of Captain with the Fire Department:
- Capt. Russell Averill, 16-years of service
- Capt. Steven Borgelt, 21-years of service
- Capt. Kevin Henderson, 21-years of service
- Capt. Nicholas Lombardi, 14-years of service
- Capt. Philip Mack, 13-years of service
- Capt. George Mearnic, 15-years of service
- Capt. Mark Price, 21-years of service
- Capt. James Strassner, 12-years of service
- Capt. William Wisler, 13-years of service