Alfred E. “Fred” Fergerson – Deputy Mayor
Term: February 2010 – June 2017
A native and life resident of North Syracuse, Mr. Fergerson is a 6th generation member of the Fergerson family who were among the first settlers in North Syracuse in 1826. He, his wife Patricia, his son Bill, and his daughter Vicky reside in the Village of North Syracuse.
Fred’s home and business are on the same family land the Fergersons have held for over 190 years. He is a licensed Funeral Director, President and owner of Fergerson Funeral Home, Inc. of North Syracuse. He has chaired several village committees for several mayoral administrations; the Chestnut St. Extension project, the Main Street Facade Improvements, NYS DOT Rt. 11 Improvements committee, and co-authoring the current Village Sign Ordinance, and currently chairs the Public Safety Committee. These are a few of the projects he has been actively involved with in our Village.
He holds three degrees, one from OCC and 2 from SUNY at Oswego. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Past Master of Memorial Lodge #648 F&AM, a Shriner, a Eucharistic minister and Lector of St. Rose of Lima Church, member of the Order of the Eastern Star, North Syracuse, and a 48 year member of the National Ski Patrol. He is also a licensed pilot.
Patricia Gustafson – Trustee
Term: July 2015- June 2019
Pat, a 37 year resident of North Syracuse, has 3 children and 1 grandson. She is a graduate of Crouse Hospital School of Nursing, and is a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church. Pat was a nurse for 30 years for the North Syracuse Central School District – 16 years for St. Rose of Lima School and 14 years for Gillette Road Middle School; she retired in 2013. She is a member of the North Syracuse Democrats, a 3 year member of the North Syracuse Lionesses, a 6 year member of the North Syracuse Family Festival, a 7 year member of the North Syracuse Planning Board, and was chosen the Volunteer of the Year in 2012 for the North Area Athletic and Education Center. She looks forward to making a difference by serving the residents of the community where she has worked and resides.
She can be reached at 458-0900.
Paul Linnertz – Trustee
Term: July 2011 – June 2016
Paul has lived in North Syracuse his entire life. He has been a Village resident for 33 years. Paul grew up on Rita Drive and attended St. Rose of Lima School and North Syracuse High School. He attended Onondaga Community College studying Respiratory Therapy and Fire Protection. He and his wife Debbie have four adult children and one grandson. Paul volunteered at NAVAC from 1977 – 1990 where he accumulated 10,000 hours of volunteer service. Paul is a 37 year member of the North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department joining the Department in 1979 and continuing to serve to this day. He has held every elected position in the NSVFD.
Paul worked for a few years as a Respiratory Therapist; then took a job as a Firefighter for the Department of Defense at the Seneca Army Depot and Griffiss Air Force Base.
In 1985, he employed as a firefighter with the Syracuse Fire Department. He has been promoted to every civil service rank and was appointed the Chief of Fire in March 2013. As Chief of the Department of Fire, his duties include managing the second largest department in the City with an annual budget of just under $32 million. There are 360 sworn employees and additional support staff.
Paul served as a Village Trustee from 1997-2001 and was elected again to serve as Trustee from 2011-2015. Mayor Butterfield appointed Paul to fill a one year vacancy on the Board of Trustees. Paul has received many awards along the way. Two medals from the North Syracuse Fire Department for life saving actions during structure fires. He was recognized by the New York State Assembly on two separate occasions. He was inducted to the North Syracuse Central School District’s “Wall of Distinction” in 1995. He also has received two life saving awards from the city of Syracuse for actions during EMS alarms and received the Mayor’s Award in 2007.