Tewksbury firefighter is new T-N chief

TILTON-NORTHFIELD — The Board of Fire Commissioners yesterday announced the appointment of Michael W. Sitar, Jr., a 32-year veteran of the Fire Department in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, as chief.

Sitar succeeds Brad Ober, who resigned last year to become deputy chief of the Gilford Fire Department. Sitar will take the oath of office at a ceremony at noon on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Center Street Station in Tilton. The public is invited to attend.

Commissioner Pat Clark said that Sitar, who hails from a family of firefighters, was chosen from a field of more than 20 candidates.

The search committee, chaired by Jim Clements, the chief executive officer of the Spaulding Youth Center, included Scott Davis a commissioner of the Tiulton-Northfield Water Company, Kevin LaChapelle, the Franklin Fire Chief, Steven Bluhm, a Northfield Selectman, Joie Jesseman, a Tilton Selectman, and Joyce Fulweiler, a Northfield resident and the Tilton town administrator. Clark said that the Search Committee and Fire Commission short-listed the same candidates.