Several personnel changes in Bourne town government have been announced. The changes involve promotions, a resignation and a retirement within the fire department, the department of public works and town hall.

Town Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi made the announcements during the board of selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, July 21. Mr. Schiavi told the board that Deputy Fire Chief David S. Pelonzi will be promoted to interim assistant fire chief.

Mr. Schiavi said the promotion will give interim Fire Chief David S. Cody “some assistance in the front office” and will also give Dep. Chief Pelonzi some experience in upper-level management within a fire department.

“I look forward to this new role serving the town,” Dep. Chief Pelonzi said.

Interim Chief Cody added that, in addition to Dep. Chief Pelonzi’s promotion, Lieutenant Richard Emberg is being promoted to interim deputy fire chief, and firefighter/paramedic/EMT Joshua Barrette will be promoted to lieutenant.

Mr. Schiavi also announced that Edwin Rivera, the vehicle maintenance foreman for the DPW, has accepted a management position in the vehicle operations division with the Town of Falmouth. Mr. Rivera concluded his career with the Bourne DPW two weeks ago, Mr. Schiavi said.

“It’s a move up for him in his career,” the administrator said.

The longtime administrative assistant in the town administrator/selectmen’s office, Deborah Judge, has announced she is retiring, Mr. Schiavi said. Her last day of work will be September 11, he said, but her official retirement date will be September 25.

Ms. Judge is retiring after a 39-year career working for the Town of Bourne. Mr. Schiavi said that, in spite of the COVID-19 crisis, the town is working on a way to hold a celebration of Ms. Judge’s service to the town.

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