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The Fire District governing body is made up of five (5) Commissioners elected by the voters of Henrietta. They serve a 5-year term, and one (1) is elected each year. The election is held the second Tuesday in December. Any registered voter in the Henrietta Fire District may vote. The Commissioners oversee administrative activities, including setting the fire tax, budget, apparatus and equipment purchases, building maintenance and repair or replacement. etc. Commissioners are assigned different positions: finance, insurance, personnel, equipment, and building and grounds. Similar to the Town and School Boards, the only pre-requisite to becoming a candidate for Commissioner is that the candidate must live in the town of Henrietta and complete the petition requirements.

 

The Commissioners hold a monthly business meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at the District headquarters.  Other meetings may be held from time to time to conduct District business. Per NYS Open Meetings Law, all Commissioner meetings where District business is conducted are open to the public.
 
 
The official newspaper of the Henrietta Fire District is the Messenger Post.  All legal notices are published in this paper.



Board of Commissioners

Joseph Martin
Fire Commissioner

Commissioner Francis "Joe" Martin

 

Joe lives in Henrietta with his wife Cindy and they have two children Francis III and Benjamin.

Joe is a fourth generation licensed Funeral Director managing his family's Funeral Home Henry D. Halloran Son, Inc. located in Henrietta.

Joe is a 1978 graduate of R-H Roth, 1980 graduate of Monroe Community College and a 1981 graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science.

Joe joined the Henrietta Fire District in 1979 following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He served as a Line Officer for 9 years, Battalion Chief for 3 years, Deputy Chief for 4 years and served as Chief from 1998-2000. Joe was elected as Commissioner in 2001. Joe is a Life Member of the West Henrietta Fire Department.

Joe's wife Cindy's grandfather Howard Chase was a Charter Member and first Chief of the West Henrietta Fire Department. Joe's two sons are carrying on the family  tradition. Francis    "Frank" III as a career firefighter and Benjamin as a volunteer.

 

William Heist 
Fire Commissioner

Commissioner Heist

 
Bill lives in West Henrietta with his wife Lisa.  They have three children Abbey, Lauren and Alexis.
 
Bill moved to Henrietta in 1990 to attend Rochester Institute of Technology.  He graduated from RIT in 1995 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and returned in 2005 to earn his MBA.  He is currently employed as a Senior Engineering Manager at MKS Instruments in Henrietta.
 
Bill joined the Genesee Valley Fire Department in 1990 and has served in numerous roles over the years including Secretary, Treasurer and Board member.  Over his 23 years of service with the Henrietta Fire District, Bill has served as a firefighter, Line Officer, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief.
 
Bill was elected to a 5 year term in 2013.
William Gilchrist
Fire Commissioner

Commissioner Gilchrist

Bill lives in Henrietta with his wife Donna C (Ross). They have two children Bill and Dawn and they have one granddaughter.

Bill is the owner of "The Dealers" a casino party business and WRG property Maintenance, a handyman repair and maintenance business.

Bill joined the Henrietta Fire District in 1971. He is a past President and Life Member of Henrietta Fire Co. #1. Bill was appointed to the Commission in 2006 and was elected to a full term which began in 2007.

Bill is active in the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce, Greater Rochester Visitors Association and RARES.
 

Philip Mancini

Fire Commissioner

 

Commissioner Mancini

Phil has lived in Henrietta, with his wife Noreen, since 1979. They have two adult children who also live in Henrietta. He is a 1966 graduate of Siena College with a BBA Degree in accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He served three years on active duty in the U.S. Army and continued in the Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.

During his career positions included financial management in a number of diverse jobs that concluded in retiring from his Monroe County position in 2008. He has also held many leadership positions in various civic and professional organizations throughout his career.


Currently, Phil is an active volunteer in the community, including at St. Marianne Cope parish; The Veteran’s Outreach Center; St. Peter’s Kitchen; The Government Finance Officers Association and The Internal Auditor’s Association.

Phil was elected to a three-year term beginning January, 2016

 
Fire Commissioner

 
Commissioner Ovenshire
 
 

Barbara Sharp
Part Time Treasurer


Part Time Treasurer Barbara Sharp

Barb and her husband Tom have been residents in Henrietta since 1975. They have two daughters who are married and live in the Rochester area.

Barb came to the District in 1987 as District Clerk having worked for Marine Midland Bank, Rochester Museum and Science Center and the R-H School District before coming to the District. Barb is the Secretary-Treasure but her duties also include several Human Resource duties. She truly enjoys the interaction with the Board of Commissioners and the firefighters career and volunteer.

Barb was an active member of the PTA, Girl Scouts and was active with the Henrietta Community Choral and Henrietta Community Theatre Group. Barb and Tom are members of Good Shepherd Parish and Barb says "grandchildren are great".
 

Louise Beale
Legal Counsel

Louise has represented the District for over 23 years. She is a partner in the DesMarteau & Beale Law Firm located in Rochester, NY. 
 

 


We are always looking for highly motivated individuals looking to make a difference in our community.

If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out our volunteer form.


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