Woodbridge Looking for New Fire Marshal

Finance director Anthony Genovese told the New Haven Register the town is seeking a replacement for former marshal Michael Cavanagh.

The town of Woodbridge is seeking applications for a new fire marshal to replace Michael Cavanagh, who resigned in October following accusations that he had been allegedly overpaid.

Woodbridge Finance Director Anthony Genovese told the New Haven Register the town has already begun receiving applications for the open position. The online employment posting is available at the town of Woodbridge's Web site.

According to the posting, applications will be considered until 4:00 p.m. December 7. Requirements, according to the posting: "Successful candidate must be eligible to be certified as a fire marshal in the State of Connecticut immediately upon hire. Successful candidate must also have the ability to maintain certification as a fire marshal in the State of Connecticut."

Town officials announced Cavanagh's resignation as part of the terms of a settlement with his lawyer, William Palmieri, at an October 10 meeting at Town Hall. According to the terms of the settlement, Cavanagh is in the process of paying the town $26,000 in a series of installments. The first installment was due November 1. For their part, the town agreed to not hold Cavanagh culpable of guilt or to use the settlement or any evidence underlying it as the basis for any legal action.

"I think it was a fair and reasonable settlement given the circumstances of the situation," First Selectman Edward Maum Sheehy told Patch after Cavanagh's resignation.

Genovese told the Register Woodbridge's fire marshal needs are being served by Seymour Fire Marshal Paul Ledowitz, with Bethany Fire Marshal Rod White as Deputy Fire Marshal.


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