Sep 17, 2021 6:33 PM

Good, deep pool of applicants for St. Joseph Fire Chief

Posted Sep 17, 2021 6:33 PM
Former St. Joseph Fire Chief Mike Dalsing/Photo courtesy of City of St. Joseph
Former St. Joseph Fire Chief Mike Dalsing/Photo courtesy of City of St. Joseph

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

St. Joseph has received more than 30 applications for Fire Chief.

City Manager Bryan Carter says city officials decided to narrow the search to replace Mike Dalsing, who retired as Fire Chief June 10th.

“So, some of the feedback we got early on as Chief Dalsing was anticipating and announcing his retirement; that information was that we might be better off, be open to any candidate, but be more active in the search in the region,” Carter tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline.

Carter says city officials are working to identify what type of candidate would be ideal.

“The interview process will be a little different than most of our just regular hiring processes,” Carter says. “This is a quite significant position, one that affects a big portion of the city and one that really requires a great deal of leadership and some public outlook. It’s a very public position.”

Carter says the city has a good, deep pool of applicants from which to choose. Carter says the position demands a specific kind of person.

St. Joseph has nine fire stations with 11 companies and more than 130 employees in five divisions. Interim Chief Kenny Cordonnier leads the department at present.