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Portsmouth Town Council Names New Deputy Fire Chief

The Portsmouth Town Council met Tuesday night at Town Hall.

The Portsmouth Town Council voted to appoint a new deputy fire chief Tuesday night at Town Hall. 

Capt. Michael M. Cranson was named the new deputy fire chief after a 4-1 vote with Councilor Liz Pedro in opposition. Councilors Michael Buddemeyer and Judi Staven were absent. 

Cranson, a more than 20-year member of the , will replace , who announced his retirement in early December. Bento served as deputy chief for less than a year and a half. 

"I'm very excited to be able to serve as deputy chief of the fire department," Cranson said. 

A Newport native, Cranson has lived in Portsmouth since 1997. He graduated from Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth, MA, and Providence College, receiving a bachelor's degree in fire science. 

He will be sworn into office at a future council meeting. 

Council appoints DPW operator, probationary firefighters

The council also voted to hire a (DPW) operator for Prudence Island and two probationary firefighters following an executive session Tuesday night. 

The interviews during executive session ended around 11:30 p.m. 

A motion was made to hire Ryan January as DPW equipment operator for Prudence Island. The vote failed 3-2 with Councilors Keith Hamilton and Jim Seveney in favor. 

Councilor Paul Kesson later motioned to reconsider the vote. The council voted 4-1 to hire January as a full-time equipment operator. Pedro was the opposing vote. 

The council also voted 5-0 to hire two probationary firefighters: Joshua Berube of Fall River and Ismael Biurrun of East Providence. 

Council to wait on hiring animal control officer

The council also voted 5-0 to suspend hiring an animal control officer pending further analysis. 

The town of Portsmouth has been without an animal control officer since September, when after 22 years of service. 

That guy January 04, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Question? does a town this size really need a schmuck like Joe Sousa to butt into its business. Joe not so long ago you were attacking folks for posting on your turf in Tiverton. Leave Portsmouth alone before you get this site shut down like you and Dan did to the East Bay pages.
Bob Cosgrove January 05, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Joe why don't you worry about Tiverton your not done screwing that up yet and leave Portsmouth to those of us who live here. I've posted with my real name so you can look me up on the voter rolls and included my picture so you know I am a real person and not a shill
Bob Cosgrove January 05, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Yes Joe this town does need a deputy chief so go back to tiverton and play with your own fire dept.
Just Another Taxpayer January 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Joey the Brain Sousa has previously proposed on numerous occasions to privatize the Tiverton Fire Department. Enough said.
Joe Sousa. January 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Question Does this small town really need a deputy chief ? Could the town eliminate this position.?

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