Candidate pool narrows for fire marshal

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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The county could be closing in on a new fire marshal.

Treasurer Katherine Hudson told commissioners at a Dec. 10 meeting that the county has received 10 applications, which will be narrowed to four finalists by a committee.

A background check will be run on those finalists before a selection is made for the post.

The job has been open since former Fire Marshal Marc Dodd resigned eight months ago. In October, the hiring committee narrowed a candidate pool to four, but two withdrew their names before the background checks, one did not pass the background checks, and the committee wasn’t happy with the remaining candidate, so they started the process again.

In other business, commissioners accepted the following donations: $300.60 to Cans for Canines; $200 to Public Works from the Crafton Cemetery; and a trailer donated to Crime Stoppers. Sheriff David Walker said the trailer has a speed sign, which shows drivers how fast they’re going as they pass.

Commissioners also decided to rescind the motion seeking requests for qualifications for an outside auditor at the recommendation of County Judge Bill McElhaney.

The motion was approved by commissioners in March and was originally made by Precinct 4 Commissioner Terry Ross, who was temporarily suspended in August.

Commissioners also:

  • approved the asset and forfeiture report of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office;
  • approved seeking bids for a new tractor truck (one or more) at the request of Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White;
  • rejected bids for pothole repair;
  • approved bonds for elected officials;
  • approved the final plat for Phases I, II and III of Reatta Estates in Precinct 1; and
  • approved a bid from Robert Wood for “struck-off property” from the Wise County tax roll, Northwest Independent School District.

Commissioners have a special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, and their next regular meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Both meetings will be in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County courthouse in Decatur.

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