Montaigne was first on the civil service list in line for chief after former Chief Brion McEldowney retired a year ago, Welz added. Montaigne has been serving as provisional chief ever since.
"Frank scored the highest among four other candidates, and received one of the highest scores in the state," Welz said.
Seven firefighters will be promoted to the rank of captain on Monday as well, Welz added. -- Gennarose Pope