Stamford Mayor Michael A. Pavia announced Friday the retirement of Stamford Fire Chief, Anthony Conte.
Chief Conte has served as Fire Chief of the Stamford Fire and Rescue Department since July 2011 and Deputy Chief since 2000. He has led the department through important transitional and challenging times as Chief of the Stamford Fire Department.
Conte, a highly respected 40-year veteran of the fire service, is a second generation firefighter of the Stamford Fire and Rescue Department who rose through the ranks to become Fire Chief. He was a fire officer for 26 years, Chief in Charge of Training for more than 10 years, and served as the Director of the Stamford Regional Fire School.
"I wish to commend Chief Conte for his skilled leadership and dedicated commitment to the City of Stamford," said Mayor Pavia. "Chief Conte leaves behind a legacy of comprehensive public safety and firefighter training, which has impacted not only Stamford but the entire State of Connecticut."
The Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare Ted Jankowski stated, "Chief Conte was a dedicated member of the fire service who provided a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading the Stamford Fire Department. His command presence has played a key role in bringing together both career and volunteer firefighters to share the common goal of being committed to protecting life and property. He has served the community with the highest expertise in fire, rescue, and medical emergency services."
Effective immediately, Mayor Pavia has announced that the Director of Public Safety, Health & Welfare, Ted Jankowski, will also assume the position of Acting Fire Chief until a permanent Fire Chief is chosen.