Police & Fire

Scotch Plains Fire Chief Ellis Retires

Retiring Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis advised pedestrians that downed wires on Second Street were live. Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis discusses what it's like to be a fireman with kids. Credits: Sean Conklin
Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis at the wetdown welcoming the township's new fire engine in 2016. Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis, Brian Bischoff, and Union County Freeholder Vernell Wright, and Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella last month. Credits: Jim Lowney/County of Union
Scotch Plains Deputy Fire Chief John Lestarchick presented awards to Chief Jonathan Ellis and Firefighter Douglas Freitag, both of whom are in their 40th year of service with the SPFD. Credits: Tom Kranz
Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella, former Mayor Kevin Glover, former SPPD Sgt. Ernie Hernandez, Rescue Squad Chief Dan Sullivan, and Chief Ellis at an OEM meeting Credits: John Mooney
Township CFO Lori Majeski (left), Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis (middle) and Township Engineer/DPW Director Joe Timko (right), at a luncheon honoring them last week. Credits: Township of Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On the same day when Scotch Plains was scheduled to host its second annual Independence Day fireworks display, Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis retired after serving the community for 30 years as chief and 40 years altogether.

The Scotch Plains Fire Department congratulated Ellis on his long career.


On behalf of the men and women of the Scotch Plains Fire Department, we congratulate Chief of Department Jonathan Ellis on soon to be completing a wonderful and storied career. Chief Ellis will be retiring tomorrow, July 1st 2017, after 40 years of dedicated service to the community. He oversaw many defining moments and major developments in the fire service and community. 

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Chief Ellis has also served as our Township Fire Official, Fire Subcode Official, District Warden 8 for the NJ State Forest Fire Service, and has been a regular sight at fireground operations across the County for 25 years as Union County Fire Mutual Aid Coordinator MAC-6. 

Throughout his career with us, Chief Ellis has consistently shown an above and beyond commitment to public service. In the fire service, it's extremely rare for a Chief, especially one of over 30 years of service as a Chief, to regularly respond to calls on his time off for no additional pay and at all hours of the night. 

We salute his contribution and dedication not only to our department and community but to the fire service as a whole. Good luck Chief and enjoy your retirement!


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