OGDENSBURG City Fire Chief Steven M. Badlam plans to retire Feb. 5, capping a 29-year career in firefighting that, to hear him tell it, went according to plan from the day he joined the department in January 1984.
Mr. Badlam was named captain in June 1989 and assistant chief in April 1996. He became the chief in August 2007.
I came on with the department wanting to be chief, said Mr. Badlam, 58. That was my goal.