Thursday, May 31, 2012
The 33-year veteran of the Oak Creek Fire Department took the oath in a ceremony Thursday at the Oak Creek Community Center.
Tom Rosandich was formally sworn in as Oak Creek fire chief, becoming the 10th chief in the city's history. In a short ceremony Thursday afternoon inside the Oak Creek Community Center, Rosandich took the oath of office surrounded by his family, Oak Creek firefighters, city officials and others. Rosandich is a lifelong Oak Creek resident and graduate of Oak Creek High School who started with the Oak Creek Fire Department in 1977. "He just came in and wanted to learn and learn and learn," recalled former Fire Chief Jerry Hammernik. "He pushed me to learn everything because I knew I was going to be asked about everything. "When I was graced with the chief's job, I made probably the smartest decision I ever made -- I selected Tom as assistant…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tom Rosandich, announced as fire chief earlier this week, has been with the department for 33 years and his experiences have run the gamut.
When you're a firefighter in a city that's home to a $5 billion power plant, that has a freeway running through it, that is next to a major airport and that has seen exponential growth in the last 30 years, you've just about seen it all. Such is the case for Tom Rosandich, who began with the Oak Creek Fire Department 33 years ago and last week was appointed fire chief. It's been quite a journey for Rosandich, who when he graduated from Oak Creek High School in 1977, had designs on becoming an architect. He turned his attention toward firefightering at the suggestion of a co-worker at Sentry, where he worked as a teenager, and enrolled at Milwaukee Area Technical College. "And as they say, the rest is history," Rosandich said. Rosandich …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The longtime Oak Creek resident has been with the fire department for more than 33 years after starting as an on-call firefighter.
Acting Oak Creek Fire Chief Tom Rosandich has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis. Rosandich began as a paid on-call firefighter more than 33 years ago, before working his way up the ranks to full-time firefighter, lieutenant and assistant fire chief. He served as acting chief for about a year following the retirement of Brian Satula. The Police and Fire Commission appointed him last week, and the city announced the move Tuesday.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Position has been unfilled since last May.
The Oak Creek Police and Fire Commission is scheduled to go into closed session to conduct interviews for fire chief, according to an agenda posting. The position has been vacant since Brian Satula retired last May. Tom Rosandich has served as acting fire chief since then. Last month, the Oak Creek Common Council requested the commission move forward on the process to select Satula's permanent replacement. The interviews are scheduled for 7 p.m. today and Monday.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Position has been unfilled since last May.
The Oak Creek Common Council has requested the Police and Fire Commission appoint a permanent fire chief. The fire department has been without one since Brian Satula retired in May. Tom Rosandich has served as acting chief in the time since. Former Mayor Dick Bolender wanted to hold off on naming a permanent chief in light of discussions about consolidation with neighboring communities. But with little progress made on that front, city officials believe it's time to name a permanent replacement for Satula. The council approved the request 6-0 in its meeting Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Oak Creek will likely delay filling many positions until March.
Nearly two dozen workers retired from the city of Oak Creek in 2011, creating holes in many departments but potentially saving more than $500,000. Under a recommendation to be presented to the Common Council, the city would delay filling many of the positions until March 1. In addition, the salaries for those positions would drop to entry level, as most of those leaving had many years of experience. Those two factors would help save the city an estimated $553,766, City Administrator Gerald Peterson said. A total of 22 people retired in 2011, accounting for a little less than 10 percent of the workforce. Among those leaving were three police officers, five firefighters, the fire chief, city clerk, parks and recreation director and six …