Chief Quigley Appointed to State Position

Chief Quigley Appointed to State Position

Chief John P. Quigley, of Syracuse, N. Y., was, on April 2, appointed an inspector of the division of industrial hygiene of the State Department of Labor by Commissioner J. M. Lynch, with a salary of $3,500 a year. The inspectors of the division are required to have technical knowledge of the subjects relating to sanitary and hygienic conditions of factories and mercantile establishments and construction, ventilation, heating and other matters. They will be in Albany and New York the larger part of the time, but may be called to all sections of the State where questions requiring their supervision arise. In a recent examination for the position, Chief Quigley, without any special preparation, received a rating in third position. He will receive a pension of $1,500 a year from the city on his retirement as chief of the department. He has not decided whether he will accept the appointment or not, but it is generally believed that he will. It is probable that first assistant chief Thomas F. Ryan will succeed Chief Quigley, and second assistant chief C. F. Coombs will succeed Ryan. Commissioner of Public Safety W. P. Hitchcock says of the appointment: “For the good of Syracuse 1 sincerely hope Chief Quigley will not accept. I regard him as one of .he most valuable public servants the city has and I know that he is considered among fire experts of the country as one of the ablest men in the business. He has good judgment on all things connected with the work; is efficient at fires; is a good disciplinarian and is tactful in dealing with the public. I would regret his leaving Syracuse as we would lose a good man. I hope he will give the matter careful consideration before he makes a decision.” Chief Quigley became chief of the department when Chief Henry Reilly died in 1905. The Syracuse “Herald” editorially says of the appointment. “The State gains what the city of Syracuse loses by the appointment of John P. Quigley, for many years our efficient and faithful chief of the fire department, to the division of industrial hygiene in the State Department of Labor. Commissioner Lynch is certainly to be credited with an excellent selection. The people of Syracuse will deeply regret to part with the services of its veteran fire chief, but he could not reasonably be expected to decline an offer which involves not only an honorable promotion, but carries with it a compensation larger than that of his present office. His new salary will be $3,500 per annum, and in addition he will be entitled to draw a pension of $1,500 per annum as a retired fireman. Chief Quigley will leave his present office carrying the sincere esteem and gratitude of the people. He has served them loyally and with a high degree of ability, and, while they regret that they are hereafter to be deprived of his services in a municipal capacity, they will congratulate him upon his promotion.”

CHIEF JOHN P. QUIGLEY, SYRACUSE, N. Y.

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