James Owens, 60, a Farmingdale firefighter with more than 40 years of experience, has been chosen as Hallowell’s interim fire chief.

City Manager Nate Rudy appointed Owens after the City Council voted save the Hallowell Fire Department. They will be leasing space in a soon-to-be-built Farmingdale station.

The appointment is subject to council approval.

Former chief, Mike Grant, recently retired after serving for more than 30 years.