Jay Colbert has been elected as the new 3rd District Vice President, completing the unexpired term of A. Michael Mullane, who tragically and unexpectedly passed away January 1. Colbert was sworn into office on January 28 at IAFF headquarters.
Nominations for the Third District Vice President Special Election ended at midnight on Wednesday, January 27. Nominations were received for Brother Jay Colbert, a member of Somerville Local 76 and Secretary-Treasurer of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, as well as Brother Peter Carozza, a member of Waterbury Local 1339 and President of the Uniformed Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut.
Brother Carozza on Tuesday January 26 withdrew in writing his candidacy and nomination for eligibility to run for Vice President of the Third District. Therefore, General-Secretary Treasurer Thomas Miller cast a single ballot on behalf of Brother Jay Colbert, electing him by acclamation as IAFF Third District Vice President.
“On behalf of General Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Miller and the entire IAFF Executive Board, I want to welcome District Vice President Colbert to this important leadership position,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “I am confident that he will represent the Third District in an outstanding fashion. We all look forward to working with him in accomplishing the work of our great union.”
“I have big shoes to fill,” says Colbert, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of his great friend and mentor. “There will never be another Michael Mullane,” he says. “But I will do the very best I can. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as 3rd District Vice President.”
Colbert joined the fire service in 1988 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts School of Business. “I didn’t have any Fortune 500 companies knocking on my door,” says Colbert, who had several friends who were fire fighters. He decided to take the test, and has loved being a fire fighter ever since.
Currently the secretary-treasurer for the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM), Colbert also served as president of Somerville Local 76 for 12 years, and was PFFM District 6 vice president and legislative agent. He attended the Harvard University Trade Union program in 2012 and has been the chair of the state Joint Labor Management Commission for five years.