Fire Chief David Jones, right, and Deputy Fire Chief Todd Pineo talk on March 9, 2022, at the Norridgewock Fire Department. Jones retired last year after 50 years with the department, and Pineo has been named the new fire chief. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel file

NORRIDGEWOCK — The Norridgewock fire department has new leadership, with two longtime town firefighters taking the helm as part of a new management structure.

Todd Pineo, who has been with the department for 28 years, is now the town’s fire chief. Pineo had been the department’s interim chief since November.

Todd Pineo Contributed photo

Daryl Wyman, who has also been with the department for more than two decades as a member of the call force, is taking on a newly created administrator position while also serving as deputy chief.

They both officially began in their new positions Jan. 1.

Both positions are part-time. Together, Pineo and Wyman oversee two full-time firefighters along with a paid force of call firefighters covering both Norridgewock and Mercer.

Dividing the previous chief’s responsibilities into two separate jobs allowed the town to hire two experienced, qualified firefighters who also have other jobs, town officials said at a December selectmen’s meeting when the two were appointed.


Pineo works full-time in industrial automation sales and Wyman is a full-time firefighter for the Skowhegan Fire Department.

“I’m super thrilled to take the chief’s role,” Pineo said in an interview. “I wouldn’t have been able to take the role had it been the way the previous chief was.”

Daryl Wyman Contributed photo

Pineo’s yearly salary is set at $12,000 plus benefits, while Wyman’s is set at $30,000. Neither will be paid any additional wages for responding to calls.

The town’s previous chief earned $69,000 annually, but also worked as the town’s code enforcement officer, according to Town Manager Richard LaBelle. Half of that salary was for the fire chief position, LaBelle said.

“It’s going to cost us a bit of extra money, but I think … it’s what’s right for the department,” LaBelle said at the December meeting. “They have outside obligations, but they possess strong leadership skills and experience in fire service.”

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