Jefferson Township recently promoted New Albany resident Charles "Chuck" Stenger to lieutenant.

Jefferson Township recently promoted New Albany resident Charles "Chuck" Stenger to lieutenant.

Stenger now is in charge of nine firefighters on one shift.

"There were seven eligible for promotion," Fire Chief Crystal Dickerson said. "He scored the highest."

Besides doing well on his test, Dickerson said, Stenger also had good qualifications, including both bachelor's and master's degrees.

Stenger said he applied for the position so he could accept a new challenge.

"I thought I could help contribute to the positive changes in the Jefferson Township Fire Department," he said.

Stenger said he hopes to increase morale and help the firefighters on his shift increase their training levels. Having been a firefighter since 1985, working in New Albany prior to being hired full time at Jefferson Township in 2000, Stenger attended college to prepare himself for advancement, he said. His bachelor's degree in fire and safety engineering is from the University of Cincinnati. His master's degree from Grand Canyon University is in executive fire service.

Stenger's promotion became effective in late November. Besides supervising nine employees, Stenger also has to review run reports for accuracy.

"There's more to the job than what I envisioned," he said. "I'm enjoying the heck out of it. I enjoy a good challenge and like to be able to problem solve. I think that's probably why I got in the fire service."

Positions began opening in the department after Chief Dale Ingram retired in June. Dickerson was appointed to the chief's position; Bill Greenwalt was appointed as acting assistant chief; and Lt. Bill Ballantyne went into prevention and procurement. Stenger filled Ballantyne's position.

Dickerson said that for 2010, the department is looking into its command structure and studying the need for a new building.

The current fire station at Havens Corners and Reynoldsburg-New Albany roads opened in 2001. Dickerson said it is in the center of the township.

The Jefferson Township trustees contracted with the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association to look at the area's growth and study the department's numbers, Dickerson said, to determine if anything needs to change.

The final report is not yet finished.