Former city fire captain tapped to run Godfrey's Pond
Submitted by Howard Owens on May 15, 2011 - 10:23am
A former captain in the Batavia Fire Department who has worked the past four years as fire chief in Auburn is retiring and returning to Batavia.
Mike Hammon is returning to run Godfrey's Pond, according to the Post-Standard in Syracuse.
A one-time Auburn firefighter before moving to Batavia to become an officer, the 55-year-old Hammon told the newspaper: “This is the end of my fire career. I’m getting out of the politics (of the chief’s job) and this is good for me.’’
When Hammon was named chief in Auburn four years ago, it was a controversial appointment, according to the Post-Standard. He was the first chief in the 113-year history of the department not promoted from within.
The article includes praise from officials in Auburn for Hammon's work.