South Portland picks Wilson as fire chief

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Deputy Chief Jim Wilson has been named chief of the Fire Department. 

City Manager Jim Gailey confirmed Wilson’s appointment Monday. Wilson will replace interim Fire Chief Miles Haskell, who has been acting chief since Kevin Guimond left the position in November

Wilson, who started in the department in 1996 as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, was named lieutenant in 2006 and deputy chief in 2012.

He started his career as a Cape Elizabeth volunteer firefighter, according to a press release from Gailey. Wilson has worked part-time with the Scarborough Fire Department from 2007-2012.

Wilson is a Level 1 firefighter, a Level 2 certified chief officer, a certified forest firefighter and an open-water diver. He also has a Merchant Marine master’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard and is a certified fire service instructor. 

Wilson was one of five candidates first vetted by the Civil Service Commission, and interviewed by a panel that included Assistant City Manager Josh Reny, former City Councilor Melissa Linscott, Portland Fire Chief David Jackson, Capt. Michael Baroody of the U.S. Coast Guard and Police Chief Ed Googins. 

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.