Rick Hoppes will continue on as acting fire chief while the city of Salisbury continues its search for a permanent replacement.
The decision by the City Council was unanimous at last night’s meeting.
Hoppes has been a member of the fire department for more than 25 years and has been acting fire chief twice in the last three years.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Hoppes has applied for chief both times.
The second time Mayor Jim Ireton nominated him for the permanent position.
But that was rejected by the city council on a 3-to-2 vote.
Council member Tim Spies expressed his concern about the lack of applications that have come before the council.
Ireton told Spies that he would update him today on the status of the applications.