FIRE COMMISSIONERSHIP OFFERED TO EX-CHIEF MOORE, NEWARK, N. J.
If He Accepts, Will Appoint Fire Chief —Otherwise, Chief Will Be Appointed After City Commission Election
THE post of fire commissioner of Newark, N. J., has been offered by Safety Director Brennan to Ex-Chief Paul J. Moore. The position of fire chief of Newark has been vacant ever since Chief Moore retired under pension on June 1, 1924, and the two deputy chiefs, John J. Towey and Matthew P. A. McDermott, have been alternating as acting chiefs. If Chief Moore accepts the appointment as fire commissioner. Director Brennan will allow him to make the appointment of the new chief. If, on the other hand, the appointment is declined, the director will not appoint a chief until after the City Commission election on May 12.
The vacancy in the fire commissionership arises from the resignation of Fire Commissioner John J. Connelly on March 31. Chief Moore has had the acceptance of Mr. Brennan’s offer under consideration for about two weeks. It is understood that if the former chief is given a tree rein and no interference in the conduct of the fire commissioner s office he will accept the job. The appointment will expire with the city commission, so that he would have only a little more than a month to serve. There is little doubt that Director Brennan would reappoint him if re-elected to the commission, but Chief Moore, if he accepts, is faced with the possibility of Mr. Brennans being defeated or being shifted to another department if he is re-elected. In that event Chief Moore would have no assurance that he would continue in the fire commissionership.
Ex-Chief Moore is now drawing $2,700 a year pension and he also has been with the Foamite-Childs Corporation since his retirement from the fire department. If he takes the appointment of fire commissioner he will receive a salary of $4,500 a year and might have to give up his pension, at least temporarily and his outside connections.