Munson promoted to Rushville Fire Chief

Pictured from left to right are Rushville Deputy Chief of Medical Josh Brown, Rushville Fire Chief Wayne Munson and Rushville Deputy Chief of Fire Mike Justice.

Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey announced the Rushville Board of Works approved the promotion of Wayne Munson from interim fire chief to fire chief at the city council meeting this past Tuesday.

Munson has served with the Rushville Fire Department since 1992.

“It’s a complete honor that the city fathers have promoted me to the chief and given me the opportunity to serve the community in that capacity,” Munson said.

The board of works voted to promote Mike Justice to deputy chief of fire. Justice has served with the Rushville Fire Department since 1998.

The board of works voted to hire Josh Brown as deputy chief of medical. Brown is new to the Rushville Fire Department and also serves the Greenfield Fire Department.

The promotions and new hire are effective immediately.

Fire Chief Munson said it is a pleasure to work alongside Justice and Brown.

“The Board of Works has been involved in assembling the new Fire/Rescue Management Team so their support came as no surprise,” Mayor Pavey said. “Chief Wayne Munson and the Management Team (Mike Justice Deputy Chief Fire and Josh Brown Deputy Chief Medical) have a complimentary combination of expertise and experience that we feel confident will provide outstanding leadership for the department.”

The board of works also followed Rushville Chief of Police Craig Tucker’s recommendation to promote Rushville Police Officer Caitlin Smith to detective effective Feb. 15.

Mayor Pavey said work on the Rushville Villas apartment complex on West 16th St. is moving along.

Director of the Rushville Economic and Community Development Corporation John McCane said he will meet with the local redevelopment commission on Monday to start the official Housing Tax Increment Financing (HOTIF) process. The city received the blessing of the Rush County School Board to establish a TIF district for housing at a past board meeting.

The housing area in question is the future location of the Rushville Villas.

Rushville Fire Chief Munson informed the council the Insurance Services Office (ISO) visited the fire department last Tuesday. He said the visit went well and a final report would be made within the next three weeks.

Amy Kissell, Plant Controller at Trane Commercial Systems in Rushville, attended the council meeting to request a tax abatement for production machinery the company needs to purchase. ECDC Director McCane gave a favorable recommendation to approve the tax abatement.

The council voted to approve the tax abatement pending a public hearing, which will be held at the next city council meeting.

The city council voted to approve Resolution 2020-04, which supports the Rush County Connect Broadband Task Force’s Rush Co. Digital Inclusion Plan 2020-2025. The purpose of the plan is to increase broadband connectivity and improve digital skills and literacy among community groups.

The next Rush County Connect Broadband Task Force meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the assembly room of the courthouse.

The next city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Rushville City Center.

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