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City to begin fire chief search
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McMinnville officials will consider beginning the hiring process to find a new fire chief this Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.Alderman Ken Smith got the hiring ball rolling during last week’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting when he made a motion for the board to instruct interim city administrator Jimmy Haley to begin the process.“I would like to move that the board instruct the administrator to post the position of fire chief for the city of McMinnville immediately,” said Smith. “Such a posting should be advertised in the McMinnville, Cookeville and Murfreesboro papers and sufficient to meet any and all proper guidelines that might exist. Closing for applications would be June 30, 2014.”Alderman Mike Neal asked city attorney Tim Pirtle if the motion violated the city’s procedures.Pirtle responded, “I think any expenditure regarding the Fire Department should originate in the Safety Committee.”Smith rescinded his motion and asked Neal, who is chairman of the Safety Committee, to schedule a meeting for June 3.“I can do that,” said Neal.The meeting will be held on the third floor of city hall.

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