New Fire Chief in Woodstock

 Butch Sutherland congratulates Dave Green.

Butch Sutherland congratulates Dave Green.

David Green will be Woodstock’s first new fire chief in 25 years when he takes over the helm on Jan. 1, after L.D. “Butch” Sutherland, Jr. retires.

In announcing the appointment at this week’s select board meeting, Town Manager Phil Swanson touted Green’s 26 years of service to the fire department noting, “He’s exceeded anybody’s expectations for training.”

Green credited Sutherland’s leadership for the fire department being in great shape and stated, “I look forward to expanding on that.” He noted that, in particular, he would like to work on the cohesiveness of the ambulance, fire and police departments. “It has been a dream of mine. I look forward to it and hope I can fulfill it with professionalism and honor,” Green said of his new role.