The search for a new Fire Chief in Defiance is down to three candidates, and two of them are familiar names.
The Crescent News reports that civil service testing in Defiance has turned up three finalists for the job…
the city’s assistant chief and acting chief, Tim Bowling; former Defiance chief Bill Wilkins; and Frederick Welsh.
Nine people applied for the chief’s position, but only four took the written test which preceded the oral assessment. Only three, those just mentioned, took the oral testing.
Final interviewing is set to begin today for the three finalists, with a new chief expected to be selected within three to four weeks.
Bowling has been the city’s acting fire chief since Chief David Schmaltz left in January to take a job in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Wilkins was the city’s fire chief from 1999–2006, and he recently was employed by the Ohio state fire marshal’s office.
Welsh was the chief of the Sylvania Township Fire Department in suburban Toledo from 2007-10.