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|It should be the end of April before the public finds out if there will be a new fire chief in the City of Galesburg, or if the interim chief will get the job permanently.
The City of Galesburg has issued a statement indicating they have officially posted the position of Fire Chief -- this, around five-months after John Cratty retired from the role and took a job with the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, and after Battalion Chief Tom Simkins was named Interim Fire Chief.
City Manager Dane Bragg says in the statement that, "The city is ready to recruit a permanent leader for this critical public safety appointment and is further committed to a competitive and objective process."
Bragg's statement says the city is doing that by posting the job both locally and nationally, and is using the city's website as well.
The city, they say, intends to accept applications until March 5th, whittle down the list, interview those left and evaluate them through the use of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, then whittle it down again to two final candidates.
City officials say those two candidates will be interviewed by a special interview panel made up of members of the city council and the Knox County Board, and business and community members.
The city says they hope to have a recommendation before the Galesburg City Council by the week of April 19th, which could then be made public no later than April 30th.
The Knox County Board likely would also have to approve that choice as well, since Galesburg's Fire Chief is also Knox County Emergency Management Director.
For more information about the City of Galesburg Fire Chief Position, CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE for more information about the Illinois Association of Fire Chiefs.
(John Cratty stands with members of the Galesburg Fire Department during a retirement ceremony held in his honor August 28th at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|02 05 10 by Newsroom
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