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Mitrano Announces Retirement From Rochester Fire Department

After a brief time as head of the city's fire department, Sal Mitrano has announced his retirement.
After a brief time as head of the city's fire department, Sal Mitrano has announced his retirement.

Mitrano wanted to stay on as fire chief, but Mayor-elect Lovely Warren said no. As a result, nearly 30 years of service is coming to an end. 

"I was informed yesterday by the Mayor-elect that I will not be part of her management team in the next administration therefore today I am announcing my retirement from the Rochester Fire Department," Mitrano announced at a Friday press conference.

Mayor Tom Richards appointed Mitrano as chief in November of last year. He served as interim chief for eight months before he was chosen to lead the department. He was shocked to find out that he would not continue leading the department.

"I had a hard time yesterday and last night and with the support of my staff and numerous phone calls I've already gotten this morning I feel pretty good," he said.

Mitrano's staff is equally dumbfounded and saddened by the news. 

"There is a lot to change and we've seen a lot of change in a lot of the department heads so, it's not a surprise but it is surprising," Lieutenant Ted Kuppinger said.

Reflecting on their time working under Chief Mitrano, firefighters had nothing but kind words.

"We certainly enjoyed working with Chief Mitrano. He has been a good boss to me and I'm hopeful that the replacement will be as competent and professional as he was," Kuppinger said.

Mitrano plans to stay in the area and spend time with family. His staff applauded him on his way out. His retirement is effective December 31st. 


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