Bourne Fire Chief Norman P. Sylvester has decided not to retire.

Chief Sylvester had announced in a letter dated March 1 that he planned to retire from the Bourne Fire Department as of July 5.

In a letter dated Friday, May 17, the chief announced that, at the request of the Bourne Board of Selectmen, he had reconsidered that decision.

“I am prepared to stay on to assist them (selectmen) in the numerous matters that are happening within the Bourne Fire Department,” Chief Sylvester said in his letter.

Prior to public session of the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the board met in executive session. According to the agenda for the closed session, discussion topics included conducting strategy “related to Fire Department Arbitration, Superior Court issues, and Department of Labor Relations cases.”

Chief Sylvester remains with a department whose union members recently announced a vote of “no confidence” in his leadership. In a letter to the Bourne Board of Selectmen, the union listed 15 individual conflicts with Chief Sylvester.

The chief went before the selectmen on April 30, and issued a public rebuke of the union’s claims, calling them baseless and outlandish.

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