By Kristin Rover
Miami Township officials are in the process of hiring a new fire chief for the township.
Administrator Larry Fronk said they had 35 candidates originally and have narrowed the field down to six.
“We had the interviews with trustees and now we’re having peer interviews with our department heads this week,” Fronk said. “We will have second interviews with trustees next week.”
Fronk said they are looking for someone who has already demonstrated leadership skills in the industry.
“We are looking for someone who is a leader and has a vision of what the future of fire services is going to be and meets the needs of our community and residents,” Fronk said.
He said it is going to be a tough decision.
“We had some excellent candidates,” Fronk said.
Fronk said the new chief will be replacing Jim Whitworth, who retired in August.
“Jim was Miami Township’s first fire chief,” Fronk said. “He came when the township was combining small private fire departments. He led the effort to merge smaller departments into one.”
Fronk said Whitworth was chief for 21 years before he retired.
He said they are looking to have a new chief selected in the coming weeks.
“We would like to have the new chief on board by mid October,” Fronk said.