Newburg City Council hired Tommy Brumett as its new fire chief, starting April 1, replacing outgoing chief James Poucher.


Newburg City Council hired Tommy Brumett as its new fire chief, starting April 1, replacing outgoing chief James Poucher.
“The current fire chief is coming onto the board,” Mayor Andy Mattison said.
Poucher is running unopposed for the open seat in Newburg’s Ward 1.
The City Council approved the hiring during closed session at its March 17 meeting.
The Newburg Fire Department is a volunteer-only agency, with about nine firefighters.
Brumett, 37, a lifelong resident of Newburg, worked for the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection, rising to the rank of lieutenant in the 21 years he served.
“Mayor Mattison heard that I?had retired from Doolittle after 21 years,” Brumett said of how he was first contacted about the position.
Brumett said he resigned from the Doolittle Fire Department three weeks ago and was approached by Mattison about a week and half ago about taking over as the new chief.
According to Brumett his resignation was because of differences between him and the fire department heads.
Officials at the Doolittle Fire Department could not be reached for comment.
Brumett added he even considered staying out of firefighting after his resignation, but eventually agreed to take over for Poucher.
Joining Brumett at Newburg will be his younger brother, Timmy, and Scott Brinkley, who both resigned from the Doolittle department at the same time. Both will be joining Brumett in the Newburg fire station, Timmy Brumett as the assistant fire chief and Brinkley as a captain.
Don Ertle, the current assistant fire chief, will become the emergency management director, according to Brumett.
“They all understand that I am going to bring in my own staff,” Brumett said, adding that there was not any tension over the change.