Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria to resign

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PORTLAND — Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria on Tuesday became the second city department head to resign in the last three weeks.

LaMoria’s resignation, effective Oct. 20, was announced in a press release by City Manager Jon Jennings.

“I want to express my deep admiration for the excellent work and dedication that the men and women of the Fire Department display every day,” LaMoria said in the release. “I am very proud of the service they provide to this great city, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this department.”

LaMoria came to the city in January 2013 after serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Prince Georges County, Maryland, Fire Department.

Jennings praised LaMoria’s efforts to reshape the Fire Department during his tenure.

“Chief LaMoria has been a great leader who has overseen the Fire Department during a time period that included a number of organizational changes that will carry the department into the future,” Jennings said. “While we are sad to lose his leadership, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

The press release said an interim chief will be named during a search for a permanent replacement.

LaMoria’s resignation follows the departure of Public Services Director Mike Bobinksy, who will resign after a two-month leave of absence granted Sept. 17.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.


Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.