Deputy chief and 29-year department veteran is Boston's new fire commissioner

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BOSTON — A former Marine and 29-year department veteran has been named Boston's next fire commissioner.

Mayor Martin Walsh on Monday named Deputy Chief Joseph Finn the city's new fire commissioner. He succeeds Interim Commissioner and Chief John Hasson, who filled in after Roderick Fraser stepped down in January after seven years. Finn will be sworn in at a later date.

The 53-year-old Finn, of Quincy, has served the department in a variety of roles, including helping develop state regulations for the use of semi-automatic external defibrillators. Since 2005, he has commanded the fire division covering the Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, East Boston, Back Bay and South Boston neighborhoods.

Finn also garnered praise as incident commander during a fast moving March fire in a Back Bay brownstone that killed two city firefighters. He was among three finalists for the position, including an outgoing public safety director in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a former fire commissioner in Buffalo, New York. The city had hired a consulting firm to help conduct a national search.

Walsh's pick of a fire commissioner from within the department represents a departure from former Mayor Thomas Menino's efforts to bring in outside leadership. Fraser had come from Maine, while former fire chief Steve Abraira had been a member of the Dallas fire department.

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