RIO GRANDE — Rio Grande Village Council elevated its operations officer Tim Hemmerick to the position of chief after the resignation of past chief Bob Brandeberry.
Hemmerick will be the fourth chief in the department’s history said Rio Grande Mayor Matt Easter.
“The amount of experience this man brings to our department will be an invaluable asset, not just to our department, but to the entire county,” said Easter.
“We’re looking forward to moving the department forward,” said Hemmerick. “We’ve got an excellent group of people that are willing to work to make it move forward. The mayor and I had a conversation prior to this and I told him my commitment would be for at least two years and train somebody for the next chief’s position. That’s my goal. Our apparatus is starting to age so I wanted to do a couple different configurations of the fire department and continue to look for funding sources to start replacing some of this stuff that is so old.”
Hemmerick said the department is currently focusing on bringing old equipment up to standard and working to clear up past Bureau of Workers Compensation citations.
“I appreciate all the support I got and from surrounding departments,” said Hemmerick.
In a letter to the Rio Grande Village Council Easter wrote,”Taking into consideration the thoughts and feelings of our men and women of our fire department as well as the recommendation made to me from the first person I approached about this position, I am nominating Tim Hemmerick for the position of fire chief for the Village of Rio Grande. I have full confidence that Mr. Hemmerick is the best and correct choice to lead our department.”
Hemmerick brings 28 years as a career firefighter from Dayton where he previously served as an assistant fire chief and managed a 440-person department. He served four years as a volunteer fire fighter in West Milton and has served four years with the Rio Grande department.
Hemmerick is credited with acquiring $300,000 and $93,000 in grant money for Rio Grande Fire Department and Centerville Fire Department, respectively.
Hemmerick and his wife have been residents of Gallia County for 16 years.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.