Jay Craig was named
Fire Chief to a standing ovation at the Porter Town Council meeting last
Council member Greg
Stinson made the announcement. He began, “We’ve been without a fire chief
for the better part of three months now. We advertised the position,
accepted applications, and have done interviews, and at this point, I’d like
to make a motion to hire Lewis T. Craig Jr., also known as Jay, as
and noted that Craig’s employment is contingent upon him passing a criminal
background check. The audience joined him in laughing.
The Council voted
unanimously to hire Craig. Their decision was met with a standing ovation
from the full crowd, and Council members joined in standing to congratulate
Craig is moving up
from Deputy Fire Chief to succeed his father, Lewis Craig Sr., who served as
Fire Chief for 45 years and passed away days after retiring in January.
“You’ve got some
big shoes to fill,” Stinson noted. Council President Erik Wagner also took a
moment at the end of the meeting to congratulate Craig again. Wagner said to
him, “You did a great job in your interview.”
overwhelmed, said “I’d just like to say thank you to the Council for this
opportunity, and to my brothers and sisters at the fire department for their
continued support. Without them I wouldn’t be sitting here,” after hugging
his young son, who ran over to him while Stinson was talking.