The Boardman Fire Department has a new assistant chief and captain.
Two members of the department were promoted Monday night.
Captain Rob John was hired as assistant chief. He’s taking over for Joe Romeo, who retired.
Fire Prevention Lt. William Ferrando was promoted to the position of captain.
Chief Mark Pitzer said the process for the promotions is challenging.
“There is a testing process in there which they are given material to study from. They do a stringent interview process. The first interview was with myself and the police chief and the administrator,” Pitzer said.
The next interview was with the board of trustees.
“It was a very stressful process, dealing with a lot of great candidates. Up until the last minute, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Ferrando said.