The open position of fire chief in the city of McMinnville will be posted within the department for five days. If no one applies or no one meets the qualifications, the job will be opened to the public.
During Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, under consideration was a recommendation from the Safety Committee for the board to direct the city administrator to post the fire chief position.
Alderman Mike Neal, chairman of the Safety Committee, asked to alter his committee’s recommendation by adding a five-day posting in the department first.
“It has been brought to my attention that we have in our policy and procedure manual that we can post a job five days in that particular department to see if anyone in the department is qualified or wants the position,” said Neal. “I think the recommendation from committee needs to be amended to state that we allow that five-day post. If no one steps up or is qualified, then we will proceed with posting it to the public.”
The measure passed 5-0. Voting in favor were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Neal, Ken Smith and Billy Wood. Absent were Aldermen Jimmy Bonner and Rick Barnes.
Mayor Jimmy Haley informed the committee last week he has been trying to work within the department to see if anyone could step up and take over as chief.
No exact date was given for when the five-day post would begin.