MILLINOCKET, Maine — Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Malcolm will be the town’s acting fire chief until a permanent successor is appointed, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said Monday.

The Town Council accepted Conlogue’s appointment last week of Malcolm to succeed Chief Wayne Campbell, who retired June 30 after 42 years on the job, Conlogue said.

Conlogue said he thought Malcolm eminently qualified for the acting posting.

“He has been a full-time firefighter since 1991,” Conlogue said. “He has gone through the ranks and been the first assistant chief for many years, and he has a good working knowledge of the department.”

Malcolm’s work as the Fire Department’s safety officer also speaks in his favor, Conlogue said.

Malcolm served for more than a decade as a member of the Millinocket School Committee, including several years as chairman.

Conlogue has finished the in-house processing of applicants to succeed Campbell and will begin seeking outside candidates for the chief’s job this week with advertisements in Bangor Daily News and Maine Municipal Association’s publications.

The resume review will start this week, Conlogue said. No deadline has been set for the selection of a new chief.

Millinocket’s Fire Department has seven full-time firefighters and about 20 on-call company members, Conlogue said.