WESTFIELD, NJ – A 26-year-long veteran of the fire department has been named its chief.

Anthony Tiller was ceremonially sworn in during a private ceremony Monday. He will be officially sworn in at the Town Council’s July 9 meeting, Mayor Shelley Brindle announced. Town Administrator Jim Gildea made the recommendation, which received the consent of the Mayor and the unanimous approval of the Town Council, the announcement said.

“It’s an honor to accept this role and to be entrusted by the Mayor and Town Council to lead the dedicated public servants in our Fire Department,” Tiller said in the news release. “I remain committed to upholding the highest standards of performance and integrity, and continuing to build upon our community engagement with the residents of Westfield.”

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Tiller joined the Westfield Fire Department as a volunteer in 1993 and was appointed as a paid firefighter in 1997, the release said. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2004, battalion chief in 2015 and deputy chief in 2016 prior to being named the acting fire chief in March 2019, following the retirement of Chief David Kelly.

“Chief Tiller is a superb public servant whose exceptional character, experience and commitment are tremendous assets to Westfield,” Brindle stated. “I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved appointment of one of Westfield’s own and am confident his values reflect those of our outstanding Fire Department and the community at large.”

During his three years as deputy chief, Tiller was involved in every aspect of fire department operations for both emergency and non-emergency events, officials said. Previously, Tiller also worked for the Westfield Department of Public Works as a laborer from 1994 through 1997.

Tiller also holds the position of fire official for Westfield, responsible for supervising the Fire Prevention Bureau, as well as scheduling and conducting inspections in accordance with the Uniform Fire Safety Act of New Jersey, officials said.

In addition to his duties with the Town of Westfield, Tiller had been an instructor in the Union County Fire Academy from 2007 to 2016. He is a 1986 graduate of Westfield High School and lives in Westfield, officials said.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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