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Fire department leaders in Hudson no longer have to live there

Jul 19, 2023 12:23 am

Jammel Cutler reports for Columbia-Greene Media that fire chiefs, assistant chiefs, and company line officers for the Hudson fire department no longer have to live within the city of Hudson. Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Hoffman said, “I’m redoing all of our policies and procedures for the fire department.... Some of the things are outdated. The residency requirements are way outdated.... What’s happening is that half of our fire department doesn’t live in the city of Hudson because of housing costs, no jobs, and other reasons. We had to make those changes and expand the mileage so the guys that don’t live in Hudson can still be officers and chiefs for the future.” Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said, “This is something that we have been looking at across the board, even with our police force.... It just increases our chance at having a larger pool of potential candidates.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.