Nine seek top FDFD job

Nine people are seeking to become the next Fort Dodge fire chief, according to City Manager David Fierke.

Fierke said Thursday that the search for a replacement for Fire Chief David Luers is on track with a schedule that may result in a new chief being named by the end of April.

He did not release the names of the applicants.

Luers announced on Feb. 4 that he will retire by the end of July. He has been the chief since Aug. 1, 2010, but he came to the city to take that job with decades of previous experience in the Burlington Fire Department. Altogether he has 36 years of fire service experience.

The deadline to apply for the fire chief position was March 15.

In addition to submitting their resumes, applicants were required to submit answers to a series of seven essay questions on leadership, budgeting and communications skills. Those questions served as the required exam for the position.

The city’s Civil Service Commission will meet Tuesday to evaluate the essays submitted by the applicants. Most of that commission meeting will not be open to the public. The state’s open meetings law allows government entities to meet privately to discuss the job qualifications of individuals.

Based on the essays, the commission will develop a list of applicants it considers to be eligible for the job. Fierke said that list will probably be submitted to the City Council for acceptance during its April 8 meeting.

After the council approves the list, Fierke will interview the candidates. He is expected to submit his pick for the fire chief job to the council for approval by the end of April.