The Village of Swanton has announced the appointment of a new Deputy Fire Chief who will assume the role of Fire Chief later this year.
Mayor Ann Roth appointed Anthony Schaffer, OFE as the new Deputy Fire Chief, effective Aug. 11. Schaffer will assume the role of Fire Chief effective Dec. 1, 2019. Swanton Village Council approved the appointment at a special meeting on Monday.
Schaffer will join the Swanton Fire Division with over 30 years of fire service in various departments throughout Ohio, most recently with the City of Bellevue where he was a lieutenant. He also was with Warren Fire Equipment from 2015-19, Cedar Point Safety Department from 1989-2015, Carlisle Township Fire Department fro m1986-1991, and EHOVE Career Center from 1996 to present.
A graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program, Schaffer has extensive training, education and experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and an associate’s degree in applied science/fire science.
“Mr. Schaffer is also proficient in government finances and an advocate of public engagement for all fire fighters outside of their regular duties. He is a 28 year veteran fire fighter with 23 years as an officer. He is looking to move into the Swanton Area and will be actively involved in our town,” said Roth.
He will work alongside current Swanton Fire Chief Michael Wolever, as Deputy Chief, to get acquainted with the fire department and processes, from August until the end of November when he will assume the position of Fire Chief.
Village of Swanton officials said they are grateful for the years of service Chief Wolever contributed to the community and look forward to having Chief Schaffer as part of their team.