Cortland Common Council met for its second September meeting last night (September 17), lifting a hiring freeze at the City Fire Department to eventually fill the vacancies created by retiring Chief Charles Glover and retired-Dpty. Chief Bill Knickerbocker.
The resolution now officially authorizes Acting Chief Wayne Friedman to hire two new firefighters, while promoting two internally to the rank of Captain.
That’s the way the department’s rank system will remain, until the city decides how it will proceed with filling the open dual-chief position.
Glover’s final day as chief will be this Friday (September 20), after a total of 42 years working and volunteering at the department.
A special “final salute ceremony” will officially send him off, as he exits the Department Headquarters on Court Street as chief for the final time at 4 p.m. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
His retirement follows that of Dpty. Chief Knickerbocker, who also served as Code Enforcement Director before leaving in July after more than 20 years at the department.
Glover had previously held the responsibilities of both chief and code enforcement officer, before hiring Knickerbocker in 1994.