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Morrow takes oath as new fire commissioner

Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Hank Teran begins to read the oath of office to incoming Fire Commissioner Dan Morrow. Morrow will serve in Position 3 on the board.  - Brian Kelly / Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Hank Teran begins to read the oath of office to incoming Fire Commissioner Dan Morrow. Morrow will serve in Position 3 on the board.
— image credit: Brian Kelly / Bainbridge Island Review

That was a close call.

Make that two close calls.

Dan Morrow was sworn in as the newest commissioner for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, but it took phone calls to Hawaii and the Washington Coast to make it happen.

Morrow was the unanimous selection of commissioners in April to fill the vacant Position 3 seat, and officials had planned to have the new commissioner take his oath of office at the board's first meeting in May.

When the time came for the swearing-in ceremony Thursday, however, the only commissioner who could come to the meeting was Fire Commissioner Paul Bang-Knudsen.

Without a quorum of three, the meeting couldn't start.

After a few minutes' wait, officials were able to get Fire Commissioner Glen Terrell, who was on the Washington Coast, on the line, and then reach Fire Commissioner Scott Isenman, in Hawaii, on a cell phone so a quorum could be reached.

Bang-Knudsen then called the meeting to order, and Morrow took the oath of office.

"Congratulations and welcome aboard," Fire Commissioner Terrell told Morrow afterward over the phone. "I look forward to working with you."

"I'm really sorry I couldn't be there with you," he added.

Morrow thanked both commissioners for calling in, and the meeting continued.

It was a light agenda, with Fire Chief Hank Teran giving a brief overview of his upcoming meeting this week with volunteers for the department, and a state conference for fire chiefs next week in Yakima.

Teran said he would not have an acting chief take over while he was gone, but noted the department's capable deputy chiefs would be on duty and that he would be able to come back from Eastern Washington if needed.

After the consent agenda was approved, Bang-Knudsen adjourned the meeting, less than 15 minutes after it began.

"I seem to have broken a record," he joked.

 

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