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Glaser honored for years of service to Batavia ESDA

BATAVIA – Jeff Glaser is being honored for his many years of dedication to the Batavia Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.

The Batavia City Council on Monday recognized his 39 years of service. He started with Batavia ESDA in 1974, became the agency’s director in 1978, and served with the agency until earlier this year.

“His 39 years of service is a tribute to his commitment to the community and his willingness to help others,” Batavia fire Chief Randy Deicke said in a memo to Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke.

Batavia ESDA, a volunteer organization, recently was reorganized and now is under the control of Deicke.

Schielke has appointed Mark Davis as ESDA manager, and Davis will report to Deicke.

Deicke said the changes were needed to ensure “oversight of personnel and equipment being operated on public streets, as well as compliance with normal financial safeguards. The absence of such oversight can expose the city to legal and/or political liability.”

Some of the duties of Batavia ESDA include developing, maintaining and operating the city’s outdoor warning siren system and developing and conducting emergency management training and education programs for city personnel and residents.

Glaser could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

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