Five vie to be Kenosha fire chief

  • Source: Kenosha News
  • Published: 08/17/2016 01:43 AM

Five people will be interviewed later this month for the Kenosha Fire Department’s chief position. The city received 13 applicants for the job, narrowing it to five for interviews scheduled for Aug. 31. On Sept. 22, the candidates are scheduled to go through a second assessment with an outside agency helping with the job search, said LaVetta Buckley-Hunter, city deputy director of human resources. After that, the city’s Police and Fire Commission will evaluate the candidates. Buckley-Hunter said the city hopes to have a new chief hired in November. All of the candidates for the job are from the department. The commission opted to look at internal candidates rather than doing a nationwide search. When hired, the new chief will replace John Thomsen, who retired in July after 32 years with the department, 10 as fire chief. On Tuesday, the commission rejected a request from one of the candidates to interview via Skype. The candidate made the request because he had previous plans to be out of town on the interview dates. “This is a big position, and if you really want it you’ll find a way to be here,” said commissioner Helen Schumacher.


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