The City of Newburgh has announced the hiring of Francis “F. J.” Spinelli as Chief of the Fire Department.
Spinelli comes to Newburgh after completing a 28 year career with the Hartsdale Fire District in Westchester County, NY. Spinelli’s extensive experience in the emergency services started over 40 years ago as a volunteer and includes serving as the Director of the Westchester Career Chief’s Fire Academy. Chief Spinelli spent the majority of his tenure in the fire service in senior leadership as a career Deputy Fire Chief. In addition, Spinelli serves as a NY State Fire Instructor, and an active member of the NY State Incident Management Team.
Known for his problem solving and team building ability, Spinelli served as Command Staff of the Westchester County Special Operations Taskforce for over seven years, coordinating and building a team of over 11 career fire departments for response to critical incidents in the region.
Spinelli has a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from SUNY Empire State College, a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College, and is a Certified Chief Fire Officer (CFO). A lifetime resident of the Hudson Valley, Mr. Spinelli resides in the Town of Newburgh with his wife, Kathleen, and their multiple rescue dogs.