Deputy chief will take over as acting chief May 27.
UPDATED: Thursday, 4 p.m. Despite the challenges he faces, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Hazel is optimistic about the state of the Tewksbury Fire Department, as he prepares to succeed retiring Fire Chief Richard Mackey. The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the recommendation of Town Manager Richard Montouri at their meeting Tuesday night. "Mike will do a great job as chief," said Mackey. "He's done a great job as deputy chief the last couple of years and has had a great career with the department." Hazel has been with the department for 22 years. He assumed the title of acting deputy chief in July 2009 and was named permanent deputy chief on Nov. 10, 2010. Montouri said there were two "outstanding" finalists for the position of chief. …
Mike Hazel's life has been dedicated to public safety.
- POLICE & FIRE
- B Schill
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The official title of deputy chief is relatively new for Mike Hazel, but he carries it with the ease of a man born to protect the well-being of his neighbors. "Mike's had a great career here for many years and has done a great job as deputy fire chief in an acting role the past 12 months," said Tewksbury Fire Chief Richard Mackey. "I'm just honored to be able to serve the town, especially in this capacity," said Hazel. "I never thought that I would ever go to the position of deputy chief." He assumed the title of acting deputy chief in July 2009 and was finally named permanent deputy chief on Nov. 10. In his spare time, Hazel enjoys golfing and skiing, as well as spending time with his wife and three childen. It's not that he has limited …