OXFORD — Town Manager Adam Garland has announced that after more than four years as Oxford fire and rescue chief, Paul Hewey has stepped down.

Oxford Town Clerk Elizabeth Olsen swears in Deputy Fire Chief Paul Hewey as chief in 2019. Hewey resigned Sept. 25, 2023. Advertiser Democrat photo

“Oxford thanks Paul for his many years of service,” Garland said Monday morning. “We wish him much success in the future.”

Hewey resigned Sept. 25. He did not respond to messages left Monday.

In the interim, Garland said he appointed Deputy Chief Shawn Cordwell as acting fire and rescue chief. Cordwell, a licensed paramedic, has been with the department since 1993.

Hewey, a longtime Oxford firefighter was promoted to chief in June 2019 following the death of Chief Gary Sacco.

At that time, Hewey had been assistant chief since June 2017. Before that he  had been interim chief since December 2016 when Chief Wayne Jones abruptly resigned.

Jones quit after it was discovered that one lieutenant and two firefighters had broken into his office at the Public Safety Building on Route 26 and removed his belongings. Lt. Marc Blaquiere and firefighter Kyle Hewey were fired, and firefighter Michael Doze was disciplined for the break-in.

An advertisement for fire and rescue chief has been posted on the town website and the Maine Municipal Association’s website.

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