Capt. Oscar Elmasian has been named acting fire chief in East Providence for at least the next six months.
After that, Elmasian said on Friday, a search for a new fire chief and his own experience in that post will determined his future. He has been a member of the East Providence Fire Department for 26 years.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said.
City Manager Peter Graczykowski made the annoucement late Friday afternoon. Elmasian's appointment becomes effective on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 4 pm, when Fire Chief Joseph Klucznik steps down officially.
Elmasian currently serves as the city's fire marshal. Assistant Fire Marshal James Bellamy will slide into his position, he said.
"This is a temporary appointment, which remains active until further notice and is contingent upon final approval by the (East Providence) Budget Commission," said Graczykowsk in a press release.
"While I have been honored to work with Chief Joseph Klucznik and am saddened by his departure, I am pleased to appoint Captain Oscar Elmasian to the interim position of Fire Chief," Graczykowski said.
"Captain Elmasian is a 25-year veteran who has served the city and its residents in an effective and efficient manner, always displaying professionalism in every position he has held," said Graczykowski.
Klucznik is stepping down because he said there were issues with his compensation, pension and medical benefits that he was unable to work out with the city. His final day of work was Friday, Dec. 28.