Pa. fire chief resigns after less than a month amid allegations

Several people alleged former Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1 Chief Thomas Skilonger made inappropriate comments on fire call scenes and online


By Bob Kalinowski
The Citizens' Voice

WYOMING BUROUGH, Pa. — Less than a month after being appointed, the fire chief of Wyoming Borough has resigned.

Thomas Skilonger, of Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1, submitted his resignation recently, according to Councilman Michael Baloga.

Thomas Skilonger, of Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1, submitted his resignation recently, according to Councilman Michael Baloga. (Photo/Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1)
Thomas Skilonger, of Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1, submitted his resignation recently, according to Councilman Michael Baloga. (Photo/Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1)

“We did get a letter from the mayor that the fire chief resigned. That’s the only thing we heard,” Baloga said.

Council voted to appoint Skilonger at its Jan. 14 meeting.

In recent weeks, several people contacted The Citizens’ Voice to allege Skilonger made inappropriate comments on fire call scenes and online.

Mayor Joseph Dominick last week vowed to look into the allegations.

“After our conversation, I followed up with the president of Hose Co #1. He confirmed an incident occurred about six months ago but could not comment further as it was a personnel matter,” Dominick said in a subsequent email. “I have requested the president contact the fire chief and both attend our next council executive session to address the allegations. I take accusations of this nature very seriously and will ask council to take any necessary action.”

Baloga said council will now have to appoint a new chief.

At the last meeting, council also approved motion to alternate the fire chief position between the borough’s two hose companies every other year.

Skilonger, who is also a firefighter in Exeter, could not immediately be reached for comment.

On his Facebook page, he describes himself as “not politically correct.”

Copyright 2019 The Citizens' Voice

Editor's Note: This article has been modified to update the previously incorrect posted image. 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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