Less than two months remain before North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) must appoint a new fire chief, at least on an interim basis.
William Pernett announced his resignation from the position in October. Citing an interest in pursuing other professional opportunities, Pernett said his last day will be Monday, December 31.
The district is currently overseen by Pernett, in addition to assistant chief Joe Noonchester, division chief Henry Hollander and other administrative staff. A five-member board of fire commissioners also oversees the operation of the district.
During a meeting on November 1, commissioners voted to form a special committee to recommend a recruiting firm to help search for a permanent fire chief.
At least two recruiting firms have expressed interest in contracting with NWFR, Hollander said.