Is now the time to talk about consolidation?

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson says he’s hoping a new fire chief with connections to both Aberdeen and Hoquiam will finally bridge the divide and lead to better relationships between both cities, and maybe even spur along consolidation talk between both fire departments.

Aberdeen Fire Chief Dave Carlberg will retire from his post on Sept. 28. Carlberg has recommended Battalion Chief Thomas Hubbard to be the next chief and Mayor Simpson says he heartily agrees with Carlberg’s assessment.