The has his colleagues, his boss and the man he’s replacing lauding the choice of a Lexington native and LFD veteran to lead the department.
Wilson emerged as the top choice after a multi-step, nationwide recruitment process that included multiple requests for candidates. He’ll take over May 23 from , who has been serving as interim chief .
“John's appointment is an excellent choice,” Hoyle wrote in an email to Patch. “He is a lifelong Lexington resident who has a unique knowledge of the history and operations of the . He has some ideas for improving the department and believes that providing quality public safety services to the citizens of Lexington is Job 1.
“The Lexington firefighters respect John's abilities and dedication to the Town of Lexington and the Fire Department and are excited about his promotion to the leadership of the Lexington Fire Department.”
The firefighters said as much for themselves in a post on the Lexington Fire Fighter's Local 1491 website congratulating Wilson and his family.
"Captain Wilson is a 27-year member of the Lexington Fire Department and has risen through the ranks to achieve command of the Lexington Fire Department," the website says. "Chief Wilson, born and brought up in Lexington, also resides in town and brings forth tradition and a new look towards the future of the department.”
According to Town Manager Carl Valente, who announced Wilson’s appointment in a Wednesday evening press release, the in-house candidate was tapped to lead LFD after a multi-step process.
There was an applicant pool of 30, eight candidates interviewed, four semi-finalists completed an all-day assessment center, two finalists were interviewed by community and staff panels and, finally, Wilson was chosen.
“John Wilson is a seasoned professional who understands the Lexington Fire Department and its critical role in the community,” Valente said in the press release. “He has shown effective leadership as he moved up through the ranks, he knows the needs of our community and he has a vision for the Fire Department.”
A graduate of and the Massachusetts Fire Academy, Wilson has been a member of the Lexington Fire Department since July 22, 1985, was promote to lieutenant in 1998 and made Captain in 2007, when he assumed the role of Department Training Officer.