SALISBURY, Md. - The city of Salisbury is one step closer to appointing a permanent fire chief. Monday afternoon, the city council voted to move forward with the current acting chief, Rick Hoppes. The council wanted to make sure they were going about it legally, before going with the mayor's recommendation. The city attorney told the council that Hoppes did not have to go through the national search process again.
"I'm completely appreciative that they did the due diligence necessary to reach this decision and I understand their position, and hopeful that if given the opportunity I will prove my worthiness to be fire chief of the city of Salisbury," said acting fire chief, Rick Hoppes.
The council will hold a closed session on Thursday at 4 p.m. where they will conduct an interview. The council makes the ultimate decision for the new fire chief.