SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Saratoga Springs Fire Department Capt. Joseph J. Dolan will become the city's next fire chief, Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin announced Thursday.
Dolan will replace Chief Robert Williams, who announced his retirement last week and is due to depart in late February.
Dolan has been with the department for 20 years, and before that worked in emergency medicine. He was among the first Saratoga Springs firefighters to be trained as a paramedic. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy and is a state-certified Level II fire instructor.
Dolan served many years as a leader of the firefighters union, including several terms as president. He has been a captain and shift commander since 2014.
"It will be challenging to replace Chief Robert Williams when he retires in February, but I have great confidence that Joe Dolan will lead our city's fire department to even greater levels of distinction in the future," Martin said.
In other promotions starting in 2019, Martin announced that Capt. Aaron D. Dyer will be appointed to the newly created position of battalion chief, leading the newly combined offices of fire prevention and code enforcement. He has been a member of the Saratoga Springs department for 20 years and is a former five-year chief of the Charlton volunteer fire department.
Jeffrey L. Alonzo will be promoted to fire captain and shift commander; he is currently a lieutenant assigned to the fire prevention office. He is a former Mechanicville volunteer fire chief.
Mark A. Bellantoni will be promoted to lieutenant. He has 18 years of firefighting experience and has been with the Saratoga Springs department since 2010.