Past elections of Westfield Fire District Commissioners have been sleepy affairs, the volunteers and the residents have seemingly been pleased with the Commission's work to keep taxes in the district low, and morale in the fire station high. Last year only 88 people came out to vote.
This year was different.
About 250 Westfield residents came to the annual meeting last night, held at the fire station on East Street. Instead of holding it upstairs in the small community room, the meeting was in the largest fire truck bay, where the annual chicken barbecue is held.
The primary order of business was the election of Commissioners. This year, two men who had not previously been Commissioners, John Lockwood and Matthew Scarrozzo, challenged the incumbents.
Lockwood was Chief of the Westfield Fire Department until last year, when he was replaced by current Chief William Balch.
Scarrozzo is a city employee who was chairman of the town Republican Committee and unsuccessfully ran for City Council on the Republican ticket. In his run for Council, Scarrozzo received the endorsement of the union, Middletown Managers and Professional Association.
There was a large turnout of city employees who live in Westfield, including the Chief of Police, William McKenna. Many of them were casting a ballot for the first time in a Fire District election.
The Westfield Fire District bylaws states that there can no more than three fire fighters on the commission. As there are already 2 seated fire fighters, Lockwood was challenging for the seat held by Sidney Harmon. Neither won a seat. The winners are shown in bold.
- Jonathan Alderman 118
- Matthew Scarrozzo 110
- Gregory Amy 103
- James Reardon 101
- John Lockwood 93
- Sidney Harmon 79
- Medical 63%
- Fire Alarms 7%
- Auto accidents 7%
- Mutual aid 5%
- Fires 4%
- False Alarms 4%
- Smoke Conditions and/or Investigations 3%
- CO conditions and/or investigations 3%
- Water Problems 2%
- Haz Mat 1%
- Misc 3%
This post has been modified (2/5/14, 9AM) to correct a mistake in the original. I am grateful to Commissioner Amy for the following comment, and apologize for any confusion created by the original post.
Westfield Fire Commission bylaws state that "no more than three members of the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department shall be eligible to be a member of the Westfield Fire District Commission." Thus, there may be fewer.
In last night's vote, both eligible WFD members received the fewest number of votes. Therefore the commissioners elected by the voters in last night's election were Alderman, Scarrozzo, Amy, and Reardon.