Mayor swears in new Youngstown fire chief

Barry Finley replaces current Fire Chief John O'Neill

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – History was made Friday with the swearing in of Youngstown’s first black fire chief.

Mayor Tito Brown swore in former Captain Barry Finley as the city’s new chief.

“It feels great,” Finley said. “I worked my entire career to attain this position and now that I actually have it, it’s a little mind-blowing but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The new chief said he has two immediate goals to begin addressing. Finley wants the city’s firefighters to go through even more intense training to meet new challenges in the world. He also wants to boost the department’s relationship with the community.

Brown appointed Finley to the top job two weeks ago. He replaces current Fire Chief John O’Neill.

The ceremony was at Fire Station 1 downtown.