Rochester's Fire Department officially has a new leader. Mayor Tom Richards announced Sam Mitrano as Rochester's Fire Chief at City Hall on Friday afternoon.
Second time's a charm for Rochester's newly named fire chief.
"When Chief Caufield made the announcement that he was gonna be leaving, that was the time when I truly said I'm ready to step in. I had applied for the fire chief's job when Chief Caufield did and we went through that process and I ended up as the number two person at that time," said Mitrano.
Mitrano served as Deputy Fire Chief with the department for five years, before filling his role as interim Fire Chief for the last six months.
"It's the proudest moment in my career. I've been associated with the fire service for 33 years, a member of the Rochester Fire Department for 25 and a half," said Mitrano.
Mitrano has served the department for more than 25 years, working up the ranks. City leaders say he was hired from a pool of 16 diverse candidates from various states. He and two other finalists were recommended to the mayor, who had the final say.
"We put in these people significant trust. We put life and death in their hands and if they are competent and capable that's important to this city but it's important individually to the citizens," said Tom Richards, (D) Rochester Mayor.
Mitrano will lead the Rochester Fire Department's nearly 500 employees. City leaders say he stood out because of his leadership skills and experience.
"He has the qualifications to lead the department long term. Number two, we can hit the ground running because there's not going to be any kind of adjustment period, he's been the interim six months now," said Joe Luna, RFD Captain.
Mitrano's appointment must be approved by City Council next. City leaders say after that he'll be sworn in as the Fire Department's new Chief.