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Teaneck names first African American to fire chief post

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By Joseph Ax, NorthJersey.com

Anthony Verley was sworn in as the town’s newest fire chief this week, the first time this diverse town has named a black man to the post.

“When you make a milestone like that, it’s after the sacrifices of many before you,” Verley said Wednesday. “I appreciate that there are many others that blazed a trail before me, and I hope that I will now help someone else progress in the future.”

Verley, who has served as interim chief since Robert Montgomery’s retirement this spring, has experienced a turbulent couple of years.

In 2009, he was demoted from deputy chief to captain when the town eliminated the rank of deputy chief as a cost-cutting measure.

Earlier this year, after a series of legal challenges from the town’s two fire unions and a ruling from the state that the captains were improperly asked to perform duties outside of their rank, Verley was reinstated as a deputy chief.

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December 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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