WESTFORD -- Town manager Jodi Ross said Monday the town has a new fire chief: Joe Targ.

According to Ross, she received 65 applications for the position. Ten applicants were interviewed and two finalists emerged. She selected Targ, who has been interim chief following the resignation last year of Richard Rochon.

"It was the unanimous recommendation of the search committee to offer the job to Interim Chief Joe Targ," Ross said in an email. "I have appointed him our next fire chief, subject to ratification by the selectmen on January 14."

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