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John Cornish. (Oswego Fire Protection District Photo).

The Oswego Fire Protection District Board of Trustees has selected Assistant Fire Chief John Cornish to be the next Fire Chief. Cornish is taking over for former Fire Chief Michael Vesseling who was not rehired at the end of his contract. Cornish will be sworn in as chief later this month.

A statement from the fire protection district says that trustees were deciding between Deputy Chief Josh Flanders, who has acted as interim chief, and Cornish, but ultimately decided on Cornish for the chief's job. The district says both candidates are extremely qualified for the job and that the decision was a difficult one.

Cornish has been with the fire protection district since 2002 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2016. He holds a bachelor's degree in human resources and a master's degree in emergency management. Cornish is a Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and also a veteran of the United State's Coast Guard.

The board of trustees says that it's confident that Cornish will work well with this team to lead the department forward.