Snively, 57, talked about the four fire stations being built in the city after voters overwhelming passed a 1-mill property tax levy in May 2022. The cost to build four fire stations in Middletown has increased from $16.8 million to $19.8 million, or 18% higher.
He called being fire chief “a great opportunity” and it “couldn’t be a better time” in the department.
He was selected from the eligibility list as a result of Civil Service testing procedures.
Snively will be paid $116,660.96 a year, according to city documents. The 57-year-old is in the drop program so he must retire by June 2025, he said.
Replacing Lolli “won’t be easy,” Snively said. While Lolli is a “very social guy,” Snively called himself an introvert.
It’s reassuring that Lolli still works for the city so he can provide guidance, Snively said.
He holds state certifications as a Firefighter II, an EMT-P, fire inspector, and fire instructor. Snively is a graduate of Sinclair Community College where he received an associate’s degree in EMS and Fire Administration and the state of Ohio Fire Executive program.
“I’m prepared for the position,” said Snively, who worked for Fujitec in Lebanon before he entered the fire department.
The fire department will hold a competitive exam for the open assistant fire chief position, Snively said.
This will be Snively second time being a fire chief, but first in Middletown. In 2018, he was named Franklin Twp’s fire chief, a part-time position he held for three months.
Snively, who lives in Franklin Twp., has two daughters, Ashley Bazemore and Haley Carol; two grandchildren, Hudson and Alaina,; and two stepsons, Brandon and Ryan Day.
THOMAS SHIVELY TIMELINE WITH MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF FIRE
1992: Joined Middletown Division of Fire
1993: Earned paramedic certification
1995: Promoted to apparatus operator
2000: Promoted to lieutenant
2004: Promoted to captain
2006: Promoted to deputy chief
2015: Promoted to assistant fire chief
2022: Promoted to fire chief
SOURCE: Middletown Division of Fire