The Hamden Legislative Council will vote to confirm Mayor Curt Leng's December nomination of Chief-designate Gary Merwede to be Hamden's 9th fire chief at its Tuesday night, January 22nd meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Merwede, who is in his 25th year with the department, was appointed deputy fire chief five years ago this week. He has been serving as acting chief since the October retirement of Chief David Berardesca.
The website has been informed that veteran Hamden Fire Department officer, Lt. Gary Merwede, has been named by Mayor Scott Jackson to replace Deputy Chief Robert Surprise, who retired two months ago after 33 years of service. Merwede, who is in his 20th year with the department, is scheduled to be sworn in at 11:00 a.m. this coming Tuesday, January 21st in the rotunda of Hamden Memorial Town Hall. As Deputy Fire Chief, Merwede will be second in command of the department, which is headed by Chief David Berardesca. More details will be posted here as they become available.
The members of the HFRA wish Deputy Chief Merwede all the very best in his new assignment!