The Vanleer Board of Aldermen named a new chief of the town’s volunteer fire department Monday night. In a 2-1 vote, Scotty Ingham was named chief, replacing Donald “Bubba” Tinsley, who has served as chief since 1996. Mayor Larry Robertson said there had been questions raised about Tinsley serving as chief and an alderman following his election to a two-year term earlier this month. But Tinsley said there is no statute that would prevent him from serving in both positions, which he did during his previous tenure as an alderman. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job as far as knowing what’s expected for the department,” Tinsley said. “I’ve steered the department in the right direction.” Alderman Ruben Schmittou, who also has previously served on the board and as fire chief, said Tinsley has done a good job. “I think the council and the people of the town should stand behind you 100 percent,” Schmittou said in nominating Tinsley for the volunteer position. Alderman Jason Weaver nominated Ingham to be the new chief. Tinsley pointed out that Ingham does not live within the town limits but attorney Tim Potter said that is not required under the town’s charter. Weaver and Alderman Dwight McIllwain voted for Ingham and Schmittou voted for Tinsley with Alderman Wes Albright absent and Tinsley abstaining. The board also re-appointed Weaver as vice mayor, Mike Powell as secretary-treasurer and Potter as town attorney, despite Tinsley’s request that the board look to see what other options are available for legal representation. The board rescheduled next month’s meeting to 7 pm Dec. 17 due to the Christmas holidays.