City again on the search for a fire chief

The second time may be the charm.

The city has issued another ad to find a fire chief for the Marshalltown Fire Department.

Randy Wetmore, city administrator, said he hopes to get a new fire chief by September.

“We’ll be taking applications until the end of June,” Wetmore said. “We are hoping to set up interviews mid-late July, maybe early August and then try to make a selection. That is our schedule that we are trying to follow.”

The job has been posted online, in newspapers and on the city’s website.

“It’ll be a regional to national search,” Wetmore said. “Every search that we’ve done here recently, once things get out on the website, we get applicants from around the country, whether or not we’ve targeted that area or not.”

The last time the city posted an ad was last fall and 12 people applied.

“We haven’t found the right fit for the organization,” Wetmore said. “There isn’t a whole lot of mobility in that profession. It can be a little difficult to fill a space especially in cities our size. We’re hoping to get a good applicant pool this time and go from there.”

Wetmore said he could hire from within the fire department, as long as the applicant meets qualifications.

Scott Johnson, acting fire chief, took the place of former Marshalltown Fire Chief Steve Edwards after he retired Sept. 26. Johnson applied for the position last fall.

Edwards had been a part of the fire department for 38 years and served the last three years as chief.

The hiring salary of the fire chief will be $79,000 to $94,000 based on qualifications and experience.