HOBART | The city is seeking applicants outside the Fire Department in its search for a new fire chief.
"With an internal process as well as the announcement for external applicants, the mission is to find the most qualified leader for the Hobart Fire Department," according to a news release from Mayor Brian Snedecor.
Applicants must have at least five years of service with a full-time fire department.
The city is looking for candidates with experience in municipal budgeting, command level staffing, and strategic planning and operations, according to the news release.
Applicants must submit a cover letter/resume by noon March 14.
They can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, dropping them off at the mayor's office, 414 Main St., or faxing them to (219) 947-4605.
The city's 45-member department has been without a fire chief or assistant fire chief for several months.
Interim Fire Chief Brian Kerr stepped down in early October after holding the position for about three months.
Kerr returned to his regular turn schedule, and three fire battalion chiefs were named to handle administrative duties of the department.
The city initially had five candidates from its Fire Department for the fire chief position, but three have withdrawn their applications.