Board members who voted against the proposal also expressed concerns over the possibility of the hired chief not passing the exam.
The village has now been without a permanent chief since the spring when then Chief Richard Kasko resigned to take a position with GE Global Research.
In other fire business, the village is hoping the town of Glenville awards its fire District No. 4 jurisdiction to Scotia, as in past years. The town is looking at options that includes entering into a contract with other neighboring fire departments.
Kastberg said he met with Glenville officials last week to discuss continuing the contract with the town. He also said the town is taking steps to survey District No. 4 residents to see if they would prefer to have volunteer fire department.
"The department has provided a stable service to the District 4 area," said Kastberg.""