By MORGAN MANNS
Fostoria Fire Capt. Warren Digby has been selected as the division’s interim fire chief, according to city officials.
Mayor Eric Keckler said Digby, who has been with the division for 19 years, will be in charge of all operations at the fire station starting today until a new fire chief is selected.
The selection process for the city’s new fire chief will be the same as the selection process for the chief of police position, which ended last month. The search concluded when the city hired its former fire chief Keith Loreno for the top police position.
“As soon as we get the committee together, hopefully the process will unfold fairly quickly,” Keckler said.
The city will advertise the vacant position, accept applications, set up a selection committee, select a few top candidates, interview them, make their selection and present that selection to council members.
The selection committee, consisting of Keckler, Safety Service Director Allyson Murray, one councilperson, a member of Fostoria Civil Service Commission, a firefighter from a recognized division/department and a member of the public not associated with the city, will overview all applicants’ resumes and qualifications in an effort to select the best candidate for the position.
Loreno, who became fire chief in 2010, was officially hired as Fostoria’s chief of police and resigned from his position within the fire division Tuesday.
Keckler said he hopes to advertise the opening of the position this coming week.
“We don’t want to delay any more than we need to,” he said. “But we want to be sure to choose the right candidate.
“Until then, we’re confident that we currently have fine men working at the fire station and all work will continue as normal with Digby as interim.”
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