Palmerton has tabbed a veteran firefighter as its new fire chief.
On a 4-1 vote, with one abstention, borough council agreed on Thursday to appoint Larry Zawaly to the post, and Dennis Behler as assistant fire chief, effective immediately.
Councilmen Richard Nothstein, Kris Hoffner, Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard voted in favor. Councilman Jason Behler abstained. Council President Terry Costenbader was absent.
Councilwoman Holly Sell, who voted no against both appointments, said she did so because "it wasn't a decision I wanted to make at this time."