As Cohasset nears the end of a months-long search for its next Fire Chief, local firefighters are pushing for a hire within.
Current Cohasset Fire Chief Robert Silvia is nearing his retirement, which must come no later than April 30 due to state regulations.
Approaching age 65, Silvia must retire by the end of the month of his birthday.
Seeing the end of Silvia’s near 43 year tenure with the department on the horizon, the town began the search process for a new chief in October.
The town’s search extended beyond the borders of the Commonwealth, garnering a mix of in and out-of-state candidates.
Noting the “big shoes [left] to fill,” Select Chair Keri Thompson and Town Manager Chris Senior brought in Community Paradigm Associates, a consulting firm that provides search and recruiting services for municipalities, to find a strong replacement for Silvia.
The town initially planned to name Chief Silvia’s successor by the end of February.
Members of Cohasset Firefighters Local 2804 have identified who they believe to be the best candidate, throwing their unanimous support behind Assistant Chief John Dockray.
“Assistant Chief Dockray’s experience, leadership and dedication are what this Department needs to best serve the residents of this great Town,” Local 2804 members said in a release.
Cohasset has experience elevating from within for the role of Fire Chief. Silvia was promoted to the role by then Town Manager Bill Griffin in 2006 following 27 years with the Department in various roles.
Prior to becoming Chief, Silvia was second-in-command to Chief Roger Lincoln, stepping in on an interim capacity on several occasions, including in the months after Lincoln’s retirement.
Much like Silvia, Dockray’s candidacy is backed by a wealth of experience in the Department.
The current Assistant Fire Chief has been with Cohasset Fire Department for nearly 30 years, having been hired as a full time firefighter in 1993.
“Assistant Chief Dockray has strong ties to this community,” the Local 2804 statement continued. “He has lived most of his life in the Town of Cohasset. He has raised a family here and been involved in community activities.”
Local 2804 concluded by calling for residents to offer their support of Dockray’s candidacy by contacting the Town Manager and Select Board.
A full transcript of the release can be found below.
To the Residents of the Town of Cohasset,
We the members of Cohasset Permanent Firefighters Local 2804, unanimously support Assistant Chief John Dockray as the next Chief of the Cohasset Fire Department. Assistant Chief Dockray’s experience, leadership and dedication are what this Department needs to best serve the residents of this great Town.
Assistant Chief Dockray has over 30 years of dedicated service with the Cohasset Fire Department. He has worked his way through the ranks, starting with the call department in 1987, full time Firefighter in 1993, Firefighter/Paramedic 2003, Paramedic Coordinator 2005, Lieutenant/Paramedic 2007 and Assistant Chief in 2012.
Assistant Chief Dockray has strong ties to ties to this community. He has lived most of his life in the Town of Cohasset. He has raised a family here and been involved in community activities. He was a coach for Youth Baseball 2008-2011, and served on the SciCoh Football Team Board 2012-2015.
Through hard work and dedication, Assistant Chief Dockray has built strong working relationships with Town Department Heads, surrounding communities, and South Shore Hospital. His transition to Chief would be seamless and allow him to continue to move this Department forward in a progressive, fiscally sound manner to best serve the residents of this Town.
Please reach out to the Cohasset Select Board and Town Manager, Chris Senior, and show your support for Assistant Chief Dockray as Chief of the Cohasset Fire Department.
The Members of the Cohasset Permanent Firefighters Local 2804