Shutesbury Fire Chief to resign if not given raise by July

Franklin County

The Franklin County Town of Shutesbury could soon lose its fire department personnel. 

Shutesbury Fire Chief Walter Tibbets said he and the rest of the fire department will resign if the town doesn’t give him a raise. 

The Town of Shutesbury and Tibbetts have been trying to negotiate a new contract since February. He told 22News he will retire from the department July 31, if the town doesn’t increase his salary from $55,000 to $65,000.

He said he recently became the town’s Emergency Management Director and that he should be compensated for the increased demands of the job.

The other nine firefighters have agreed to resign if the town doesn’t meet his salary demand.

“If we don’t come to any kind of resolution then everybody will be resigning from the Shutesbury Fire Department,” Tibbets told 22News. “There will be no Shutesbury Fire Department.”

He told 22News the fire chief is the only full-time salaried position in the Shutesbury Fire Department. Tibbets has been the Shutesbury fire chief for almost 23 years.

Town Administrator Becky Torres couldn’t speak with us about the details of the contract discussions at this time.

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