Jack Cadegan, a 33-year veteran of the Quincy Fire Department, was sworn in as the department’s new chief at a ceremony Monday in the Great Hall of the James R. McIntyre Government Center (old City Hall). Here Chief Cadegan shakes hands with City Clerk Nicole Crispo after he was sworn in. At right is Mayor Thomas Koch who appointed Cadegan the new chief succeeding Joseph Barron who retired earlier this year. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
By SCOTT JACKSON
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 firefighters was on hand Monday morning inside City Hall to watch Jack Cadegan be sworn in as Quincy’s new fire chief.
Cadegan, 63, has served with the Quincy Fire Department for 33 years including four years as a deputy chief. Cadegan replaces Joseph Barron, who served 10 years as chief prior to his retirement this July.
Quincy Fire Chief Jack Cadegan
City Clerk Nicole Crispo swore-in the new chief during the ceremony, and Cadegan’s wife, Karen, pinned him with his new badge.
Mayor Thomas Koch said Cadegan has the right temperament to lead the department, which has an annual budget of $25 million and whose ranks include more than 200 firefighters, officers and civilian employees.
“I know the job of being a manager, being the chief, being the leader of the department is not an easy one. You try to balance all of the issues at hand, all the needs, all the requests, and I think Jack Cadegan has that ability,” Koch said. “He’s got the right temperament. He is a quiet leader but a very effective leader, and he obviously has the respect of the men in the department.”
Quincy Fire Chief Jack Cadegan and his wife, Karen, share a moment at the chief’s swearing in ceremony Monday. Karen pinned the chief’s badge on her husband after he was sworn in by City Clerk Nicole Crispo. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Mayor Thomas Koch (right) congratulates new Quincy Fire Chief Jack Cadegan after he was sworn in Monday at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the James R. McIntyre Government Center. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Three deputy chiefs were among the more than 100 Quincy firefighters who attended the swearing in ceremony for new Chief Jack Cadegan. From left: Deputy Chief Joe Jackson, Chief Cadegan, Deputy Chief Ed Fenby and Deputy Chief Paul Griffith. More coverage in the Dec. 20th issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth