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15 year veteran of Wadsworth fire named assistant chief

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Veteran Wadsworth firefighter and medic Richard Potter is the city’s new assistant fire chief.

Potter, 41, who lives in Norton and joined the department in September 2003, assumed his new role Monday.

“Richard Potter along with another fire department member both signed up to take the test,” Chief Robert Lindner said. “There is a written test and an oral interview, and after those two things he was No. 1.”

Potter said that while his new role officially began Monday, Lindner has been out of town this week and the two have yet to formally discuss the specific details of the job. In the meantime, Potter has been keeping busy setting up his office and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department.

Lindner, who previously served as assistant fire chief before being sworn in as chief in March, said the assistant chief has a hand in a lot of what goes on in the department.

“He helps oversee day-to-day operations of the department for both stations, assists myself with running the whole operation, fills in during my absence. He also oversees the maintenance department over the fire department,” Linder said.

Wadsworth Safety Director Matt Hiscock said Potter has the qualities to serve the city well.

“I believe the fire service is often fondly related to the concepts of courage, respect and brotherhood,” Hiscock said in an email Thursday. “Richard has built a career embodying those ideals at Wadsworth.”

Potter, who has yet to be officially sworn in, will earn $72,000 annually, human resources manager Jim Kovacs said in an email.

Hiscock said he is looking forward to seeing what Lindner and Potter can accomplish as a team.

“I am excited for our department, the staff and our community, to see what new heights that their mutual vision for the department can achieve,” he said.

Potter said he always makes an effort to recognize opportunities.

“Every time we have had a promotional test here, I have always applied for it,” he said.

“I am always looking for a challenge and the opportunity arose,” he said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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