New Haven’s fire chief begins first day on the job

John Alston (left) was introduced as New Haven's new Fire Chief, Thursday, September 29, 2016 (WTNH /Renee Chmiel)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Elm City’s new fire chief reported for his first day of work Tuesday.

John Alston Jr. was sworn in on Monday. Alston was voted in by the committee and will get to work right away, but the city alderman will still have to approve his appointment.

Alston was a former deputy chief in New Jersey and was a top pick of Mayor Toni Harp.

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“I talked with firefighters, they always talk about the care that they have for the citizens and the each other…My major is to serve New Haven and the firefighters of New Haven,” Alston told News 8.

Laurence Grotheer says the Board of Alders may not vote on Alston’s position until November.

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