HOBART | The city’s search for a new fire chief could be nearing its completion.
Mayor Brian Snedecor said Hobart is “getting very close” to naming the next fire chief, and he hopes a selection will be made by the end of the month. Snedecor said he and a committee have considered about 12 candidates.
Hobart officials have narrowed the candidates to four, City Councilman Pete Mendez said. Two of the candidates are from Hobart’s Fire Department; the other two are outside the department, Mendez said.
“We’ve had a lot of good applicants,” Mendez said.
Names of the people in the running for the position weren’t disclosed.
Although the city’s selection process is progressing, Snedecor said he doesn’t want to rush into a decision. He said there isn’t an emergency to have a new fire chief named immediately.
Snedecor said City Council approval would be necessary if the person selected for the position is from an outside department. A person could be named fire chief without council approval if the candidate is currently serving on Hobart’s department, Snedecor said.
In March, the city decided to expand its search for a new fire chief outside the department. It had been looking exclusively within the city’s Fire Department before that decision.
Hobart officials have indicated candidates sought for the fire chief position should have at least five years of service with a full-time fire department. The city also has been seeking those with experience in municipal budgeting, command-level staffing, and strategic planning and operations.
The city's Fire Department has been without a fire chief for several months.
Interim Fire Chief Brian Kerr stepped down in early October after holding the position for about three months.
Councilwoman Monica Wiley commended the department for maintaining quality service during the time it has been without a chief.