Bourne Assistant Fire Chief David S. Cody has been appointed interim fire chief for the Town of Bourne. Asst. Chief Cody will serve as chief of the Bourne Fire Department while the town conducts a search for Chief Norman W. Sylvester Jr.'s replacement.
Chief Sylvester has announced his retirement as Bourne fire chief, effective January 31.
Chief Cody’s appointment was recommended to the Bourne Board of Selectmen by Town Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi during the board’s meeting Tuesday, January 21. The appointment became effective immediately as selectmen approved the recommendation unanimously. The board also waived a 15-day waiting period for an appointment to become official.
Chief Cody has been with the Bourne Fire Department since 1994. He has held every rank within the department including firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant, and deputy chief. He became the department’s first assistant fire chief when he was promoted in 2018.
Mr. Schiavi said he was excited to have someone “as well-rounded as Assistant Chief Cody ready to step into the interim chief’s role during this important transition time for the department.” The administrator also credited Chief Cody for his technical, educational and leadership credentials.
A native of Randolph, Chief Cody earned a bachelor’s degree in health management and an associate’s degree in paramedic technology, both from Northeastern University in Boston. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from Anna Maria College in Paxton.
Chief Cody is also a veteran of the US Coast Guard, doing port security. He also served in the US Naval Reserves as a medical corpsman. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow and has certifications from the Massachusetts Fire Training Council as a fire inspector and a fire instructor.
Mr. Schiavi said that once Chief Sylvester has officially retired, Civil Service will be contacted so that Chief Cody’s designation would then switch from interim to acting chief. After that, the search process will begin to hire the town’s new permanent fire chief.
Mr. Schiavi told the selectmen that Chief Cody will be considered for the permanent position. The administrator added that Chief Cody’s appointment as interim chief will provide a “seamless continuity of leadership within the fire department.”
“I have all the faith and confidence in Assistant Chief Cody to perform that job,” Mr. Schiavi said.
Chief Cody thanked Mr. Schiavi for having the confidence in his abilities to recommend him as interim fire chief.
“I’m looking forward to working with a great staff in the fire department,” Chief Cody said, “and I’m looking forward to working with the selectmen, the TA, and all the different committees in town.”