BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has named Deputy Chief Joseph Finn Boston’s new fire commissioner.

Walsh appointed Finn, the local candidate among three finalists for the job, on Monday morning.

He replaces Interim Commissioner/Chief John Hasson.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

“Deputy Chief Finn possesses a broad and impressive understanding of the Boston Fire Department, including personnel, public safety, and administration,” Walsh said. “Chief Finn’s experience and leadership style, along with his commitment to diversity and fairness, will help move our Fire Department into an even more successful era of service to the people of Boston.”

Finn has been a deputy chief at the Boston Fire Department since 2001.

He was the incident commander at the scene of the March fire where firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh were killed in the Back Bay.

Finn also served as chief negotiator for the union during recent contract talks with the city.

The new commissioner has been a member of the Boston Fire Department since October of 1984 and rose through the ranks of the department.

Finn also served in the Marine Corps. from 1979 to 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University in 2008.



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