Leadership

SMITH NEW FIRE CHIEF

Issue 10 and Volume 15.

SMITH NEW FIRE CHIEF Providence R. I.—The fire department is ready to adjust itself to new conditions brought about by the succession of Battalion Chief William F. Smith to the post of commander upon the retirement of Chief Reuben D. Weekes, and the several promotions and transfers that follow in the wake of the change in the department chieftaincy. The choice of Chief Smith by the Board of Fire Commissioners is considered by those closely in touch with the situation as likely to eliminate the friction in evidence for a year, which, it is declared, existed largely through a divergence in personal views between John R. Dennis, chairman of the commission, and Chief Weekes. Capt. Frederick C. Walden was promoted to he a battalion chief; Lieut. Charles A. Cutler was advanced to a captaincy and Private Andrew A. Doherty was made a lieutenant. Capt. Charles F. Dyer, Hose 19, was…

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