City Council Unanimously OKs Hire Of New Fire Chief

Members Disagree On Annual Salary Of $77,500

Published: Aug 17 2011 01:46:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2011 06:56:21 AM EDT
READING, Pa. -

The man leading Reading's firefighters for the past few months has been officially named chief of the department.

Reading City Council on Monday night gave unanimous approval to Mayor Tom McMahon's choice of Kevin Kulp for the job.

What all council members could not agree on was Kulp's salary. He was approved to earn $77,500 a year, despite some opposition.

Kulp, a native of Birdsboro, has been serving as interim chief since the retirement of Chief Bill Rehr in December.

The McMahon administration conducted a national hiring search for the job, but ended up settling on Kulp, who started with the Reading Fire Department as a firefighter in 1977.

He was promoted to lieutenant in 1994 and to platoon chief in 1996. In 2006, Kulp was promoted to first deputy chief.

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