Assistant Commissioner Elvis Weaver continues to function as Fire Chief in spite of his official retirement last Tuesday, March 22.
A source alleges that Weaver has been asked to stay on a bit longer and that his contract is being finalized.
Weeks ago, the Chief indicated that he had been asked to remain in the position for an additional two years – a second extension – but no contract had been presented to him for signing up to that time.
The source tells REAL News it is apparent that the Browne Administration does not think there is a suitable replacement for Weaver, who has served for 43 years.
This contradicts earlier reports from within the Force, which said that two senior fire officers are qualified to head the Department – although one is nearing the age of 60 and therefore is unlikely to be named.
Officers have complained that situations like this – where Weaver continues to be employed by contract – creates stagnation in the Force, since those who are expecting promotions are compelled to remain in their positions for additional years.