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Springfield trustees to interview fire chief candidates

Published: Fri, January 9, 2009 @ 4:46 p.m.

NEW SPRINGFIELD —Springfield Township trustees will interview five applicants for the part-time fire chief’s position when they meet in special session at 10 a.m. Saturday.

On the list to be interviewed are: Interim Fire Chief Matt Gebhardt, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Rice, EMS Squad Second Lieutenant Jim Bacon, paramedic and firefighter Tom Mason and First Captain Dan Bender.

The trustees are expected to convene and then go into executive session for the interviews.

The township has been operating with Gebhardt, a former First Captain, as interim fire chief since the resignation of full time Chief Brian Hughes in February. Hughes resigned after his position was made part-time following his return to work from a suspension. The suspension was imposed after he was found guilty of several misdemeanor charges in connection with a 2005 training exercise at a Garfield Road barn fire.


1IQ(2 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

So these three gentelmen are making the decision on their own of who is going to be the fire chief? Now, someone correct me if I am wrong, but one trustee is self-employed as a auto-glass installer, the other is a part-time school bus driver, and the last one is a retired school bus driver/farmer? How many job interviews have they been on in there lifetime? Let alone have conducted? And they are making a decision of who is going to be leading there volunteer fire dept, most likely after they are no longer in office. Or is this just the first part of a process of interviews with possibly narrowing the numbers down and then having outside chiefs help with the selections or even some of there other dept. officer core assist in making the final decision. But god knows that would take something called vision or foresight, one thing that is lacking in the adminstration of Springfield TWP!

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