Editor's note: Third is a series of personality stories on the five candidates running for four seats on Loudonville Village Council.

With 25 years of service as a village employee, including 10 ending last winter as Loudonville's fire chief, Tom Gallagher said public service has become part of his personality.

Which is why he is running for Loudonville Village Council. "I guess I'm just not done with public service," Gallagher said.

Gallagher joined the Loudonville Fire Department in 1992, and in the fall of that year, after the closure of Kettering Hospital, was hired, with Calvin Keene and Todd McElwain as one of three full-time emergency medical technicians working for the fire department.

Then in 2007, when his predecessor, Jim Danner, retired, he was appointed as fire chief.

"I have a lot of experience working for and with the public, and working with other village employees, and developing and keeping budgets," Gallagher said. "I understand the budgeting process, and village finance. And I really enjoy working with and for the community."

As a council candidate, Gallagher said: "I don't have an agenda. I think I can contribute to the village on budgeting matters, and in general direction. I would like to see village revenues increase with the addition of new businesses here, but I feel the village is doing a good job working with groups to do this now. Our economy seems to be driving business toward their interstates, so maybe our growth here may be more residential in nature. I could see us becoming more of a bedroom community than we already are."

While retired as fire chief, Gallagher remains involved in the fire service, serving as an instructor at Stark State University in its emergency management and public safety programs, both of which offer fire personnel associate degrees in those disciplines. He spends about 16 hours a week teaching at the Stark campus.

Gallagher earned a Bachelor of Science in business fire science from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.

"I really enjoy teaching, which is sort of a cross between an adult training program and a college teaching post," he said. "I am head of the day program at Stark State, and my ultimate job is to prepare firemen to be professionally certified."

Gallagher grew up in Lakewood, graduating from Lakewood High School in 1973. He came to the Mohican area when his parents took over the marina at Pleasant Hill Lake. Working for them, he learned the skill of marine engine repair, and after they gave up the marina, he continued working self-employed in that field until he was hired full time by the village.

He and his wife, Denise, were married in 1986. They have two grown sons, Shane, a Delaware County deputy sheriff, and Ryan, who lives in Danville and works in the maintenance department at Mansfield Plumbing Products in Perrysville. Denise is the secretary at the R.F. McMullen Elementary School, and has been employed by the school district for 35 years. They live in a new home they built just last year on West Main Street at the foot of Maple Heights.

Gallagher also has a second village affiliation, serving as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2007, and currently its chairman.