The fire department has a new assistant fire chief.
Howard Huber, a 16-year veteran of the Superior Fire Department, stepped into the job May 2. The new position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, instead of the firefighters' schedule of 48 hours on, 96 hours off.
“I’m learning what weekends are,” Huber said. His job change has sent a ripple through the department, with Joe Tribbey moving into the battalion chief position that Huber vacated and Greg Wilson taking Tribbey’s captain’s slot. That opened up a driver and assistant fire inspector position, which were filled by Brandon Cardenas and Caleb Sorvik. The final piece of the puzzle, an additional firefighter, will be added in July. The new administrative position pulls pressure off the three battalion chiefs and Fire Chief Scott Gordon. Huber acts as a sort of chief of staff, overseeing operations, troubleshooting problems, handling issues before they get to the chief so he can maintain his focus