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Meet Skyway Fire's Chief Finalists Sunday

The public is invited to the meeting on Sunday, January 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Fire Training and Administration Building, located at 12424 76th Ave. S.

Following an unsuccessful contract negotiation with King County Fire District 20 (Skyway Fire) chief finalist Michael Sherman, the King County Fire District Board of Commmissioners re-opened the application process late last year.

Now, on round two, fire commissioners will host a meeting for the public to interview a new line up of fire chief finalists on Sunday, January 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Fire Training and Administration Building, located at 12424 76th Ave. S.

The finalists will speak for a few minutes each, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions and fill out comment cards that will be provided at the gathering. The meeting is open to the public, and feedback cards will be forwarded to the fire commissioners. 

Candidates include:

  • Richard Chaney - Currently a Battalion Chief with South King Fire & Rescue
  • Mark Chubb – Last position held was Interim Fire Chief of Woodinville Fire & Rescue
  • Michael Jackson – Currently employed as the Fire Chief of the City of Woodland, WA
  • Kenneth Morgan – Recently retired Deputy Fire Chief of Clark County Fire Department in Nevada
  • James Price – Currently the Fire Chief of Baker City, OR
  • Terry Shields – Retired Deputy Chief of the Phoenix Fire Department

The finalists will go through the final testing process on January 27 and 28.

"We received 34 applications for the Fire Chief position," said Dave Nelson, spokesperson for KCFD 20. "Our levy was approved by voters in November and annexation was voted down. This gave the Fire District a solid future including financially. These are six highly qualified fire personnel and the Fire Commissioners will have a tough time selecting who will replace Fire Chief Dave Crossen."

Crossen’s retirement will be delayed by three months due to the unsuccessful contract negotiation with the commissioner’s first fire chief candidate selection.

A similar event was held in October last year with selection of Fire Chief Michael Sherman. The Fire District and Chief Sherman were unable to come to terms of a contract Commissioners re-opened the position in late November. 

King County Fire District 20 is a combination district (volunteer and career) serving the residents of West Hill (Skyway, Lakeridge, Bryn Mawr, and Campbell Hill) just outside of Seattle and responds to more than 2,000 calls each year.

*Editor's Note: Information provided by King County Fire District 20.

Mark Chubb January 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM
The community's strong show of support for its fire district last November illustrates the importance citizens place on finding the right candidate for this position. This Sunday's forum provides a wonderful opportunity to explore how we can work together to achieve successful and sustainable community safety outcomes. I look forward to meeting citizens, commissioners, firefighters and the other fire chief candidates as the West Hill communities consider the selection of Chief Crossen's successor.
Mark Chubb January 29, 2013 at 01:57 AM
I'd like to congratulate South King Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Rick Chaney on his selection as KCFD #20's new fire chief. He brings a wealth of experience and dedication to this new role. His familiarity with KCFD #20's neighbors coupled with his wealth of operational experience will make him a good fit for an exceptional fire and EMS agency. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to compete with such high-quality candidates as Chief Chaney and the others for a leadership position in an agency that enjoys such strong support in its community. I look forward to working with Chief Chaney in his new role as fire service leaders across King County address issues of mutual concern, including the impending renewal of the King County EMS Levy, the reorganization or consolidation of 911 answering points, and the replacement of the regional public safety radio communication system. Best of luck, Chief Chaney and KCFD #20!
Jenny Manning January 29, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Thank you for the update, Mark!

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