Michael McMahon

Michael McMahon was sworn in Wednesday as Hampton’s new fire chief.

Hampton town officials have announced that Michael McMahon, a 25-year veteran of the Hampton Fire Department, has been appointed the town’s new fire chief.

He will replace Jameson Ayotte, who resigned in May.

McMahon, who lives in Hampton with his wife and three children, most recently held the role of acting fire chief following Ayotte’s departure.

The appointment comes just a week after findings were released from an independent study of the fire department.

The study noted that there was a “contentious relationship” between Ayotte and other members of the department and recommended several improvements, particularly in the area of internal communications.

Ayotte has not said why he decided to leave.

McMahon joined Hampton fire and rescue in May 1996 and served as a firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, and acting deputy chief before being named acting chief.

McMahon, who has also held leadership positions with both fire unions, is currently enrolled in the executive fire officer program at the National Fire Academy.

He also has extensive volunteer community service with many nonprofits in the community.

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