Eric Lee Perry

In this Jan. 12, 2017, file photo, New Castle Fire Department assistant chief Tom Bulisco, right, pins the five-bugle insignia to the collar of Eric Lee Perry after Perry was sworn in as the city's fire chief. Perry's resignation from the department was announced last night by Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo.

New Castle Fire Department Chief Eric Lee Perry has resigned from the fire department.

Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo announced the resignation, effective Feb. 22, at city council's meeting on Thursday night.

"We thank him for his 30 years of service with the fire department and for serving as chief for the past year," he said.

Mastrangelo said he will propose a new candidate for the post at city council's March 6 workshop session. The fire chief serves by appointment of the mayor and approval of city council.

No reason was given for Perry's resignation. Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.

The fire chief also serves as head of the city's code enforcement department, and Perry was a member of a code enforcement task force concentrating on New Castle's dilapidated commercial property. The panel was created in March 2017 by city solicitor Jason Medure.

Mastrangelo said Anthony Cioffi, who serves as working foreman at code enforcement, will continue in that capacity and report to the mayor on a daily basis.

Perry joined the fire department in August 1988. Prior to being named chief in January 2017, he was driver/engineer at the No. 7 fire station in Mahoningtown for 20 years.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, he is also a licensed pharmacist and owner of Good Health Medicine Shoppe on Wilmington Road.

He replaced former fire chief Mark Panella, who retired on Dec. 31, 2016. Panella had joined the department in 1989 and served as chief from Aug. 2013 until his retirement.

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