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South County Fire announces three fire chief finalists

After a five month candidate search, on October 25, 2019, South County Fire announced that three finalists have been selected for the position of Fire Chief. The Fire Chief position has been open since May, when former Fire Chief Bruce Stedman took medical leave and subsequently retired.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

After a five month candidate search, on October 25, 2019, South County Fire announced that three finalists have been selected for the position of Fire Chief.

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners and elected officials from the cities served by the regional fire authority will participate in candidate interviews.

The Board of Commissioners anticipates having a new Fire Chief selected by the end of November and on the job around the first of the year.

The finalists are:

Bryan Brice, current Fire Chief for the City of Mount Vernon.

Christopher Riley, a retired Fire Chief most recently at the City of Colorado Springs.

Brian Schaeffer, current Fire Chief for the City of the Spokane.

Click on this link to see resumes for each of the Fire Chief candidates: Fire Chief Candidate Bios.

The public will have an opportunity to meet the three finalists at a reception on Thursday evening, November 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at South County Fire Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave. S, Everett.

The Fire Chief position has been open since May, when former Fire Chief Bruce Stedman took medical leave and subsequently retired.

Assistant Chief of Operations Doug Dahl was named Acting Fire Chief at that time.

South County Fire is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County.

The regional fire authority employs 279 uniformed firefighters and serves more than 250,000 residents in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and communities in unincorporated Snohomish County.

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