Preston Names Jerry Marinich New Emergency Services Director

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston has appointed Broome County Legislature Chairman Jerry Marinich as the new Director of Emergency Services.

“Jerry has over 30 years of experience as a firefighter and emergency responder,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “We want to thank all the applicants for their interest in this position, but in the end, I decided that Jerry was the right man for the job.”

Marinich’s experience includes 30 years with the Binghamton Fire Department and he was one of the first people trained as an EMT in 1978.

He’s also worked as a liaison with all fire departments in the 52nd Senate District.

Marinich was first elected to the Legislature in 2002 and has served as its Chairman since 2011.

“I’m grateful for all of the support my constituents have shown me over the years and it's been my greatest honor to represent them in the Legislature since 2003,” says Broome County Legislature Chairman Jerry Marinich. “I would also like to wish my colleagues in the Legislature all the best moving forward and to build on that which we have achieved over the years. To the Administration, thank you for this opportunity to start a new chapter as Emergency Services Director and I look forward to representing the people of Broome County in this new capacity!”

Marinich replaces former director Brett Chellis, who left in June to take a job with New York State.  Ray Serowik was named interim director after Chellis resigned.

County Executive Preston formed a committee to accept applications and interview potential candidates.  More than a dozen people applied for the job and the committee interviewed 3 of them.  They gave each candidate a score and gave their recommendation to the County Executive for final approval.

The appointment must still be approved by the Broome County Legislature, which is expected at its December meeting.

Marinich, who will be stepping down from the Legislature to take on the new position, will begin as the new Director of Emergency Services on January 1st.

“Jerry has spent decades serving the community, and he will continue to do so,” says Preston.  “We know that he will put the needs of the people first and I look forward to working with him in his new position.”




12/03/2015 - 2:22pm