Hudson names new fire chief

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Varnes has been promoted to chief.

City Manager Anthony Bales on Tuesday recommended Varnes as the new fire chief. Council members unanimously approved his appointment.

He will replace Chief Robert Carter at when Carter retires May 15.

"Jerry has done an outstanding job as assistant fire chief and I am confident he will continue to lead the department as chief," Bales said.

Varnes joined the Hudson Fire Department in 1978, was promoted to lieutenant in 1992 and became assistant fire chief in 2002. Previously, Varnes was a member of Hudson EMS from 1980 through 1999 and was chief medic from 1996 through 1999. He was a fire medic with the Twinsburg Fire Department for 15 years.

Varnes is a life-long Hudson resident and fifth generation firefighter. His father, Bill Varnes, was assistant fire chief for the Hudson Fire Department for 42 years, and his great grandfather was Hudson fire chief from 1916-1919 and 1928 -1932.

Jerry was owner and operator of Hudson Appliance for 27 years. He has been married to his wife, Debbie, since 1986 and has three children, Dan, Jessie and Jake.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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