Thursday, July 13, 2000

Franklin fire chief finalists named, set to be interviewed

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        FRANKLIN — City officials will interview five finalists, including a veteran Air Force base firefighter, to be this Warren County town's next fire chief.

        Interviews with the finalists are scheduled for later this month. A chief could be tapped by August, City Manager Jim Lukas said.

        “It all depends on when we could begin the interview process. It should be starting rather quickly,” he said.

        The finalists include a former Wright-Patterson Air Force Base firefighter, and a former longtime Franklin firefighter.

        The candidates are:

        • Marvin Moeller, of Spring Valley, Ohio. A firefighter/paramedic in Miamisburg since 1982, Mr. Moeller was chief of the Sugarcreek Township Fire Department from 1988-94. He was a lieutenant and acting assistant fire chief with the Sugarcreek-Bellbrook Fire Department from 1976-87.

        • Jonathan Michael Westendorf, of Liberty Township, is a lieutenant with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, where he has worked since 1994. He was a firefighter/paramedic with Blue Ash from 1992-96 and a police and fire dispatcher for Deer Park from 1997-99.

        • John L. Shaw Sr., of Dayton, Ohio, was a firefighter/emergency medical technician at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 1974-97 and a captain at one of its five fire stations. Since 1997, he has been a fire inspector with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.

        • John D. Meyers, of Bellbrook, is a lieutenant with the Washington Township Fire Department, where he has worked since 1989. A former deputy chief with the Sugarcreek Township Fire Department, he has also been a captain with the Mad River Township Fire Department.

        • Gary L. Myers, of Franklin, has been a Middletown firefighter/paramedic since 1991 and was a fire lieutenant with Franklin from 1979-91. He is a certified fire inspector and arson investigator.

        The finalists bring a wide range of supervisory and command experience, which is what the city is seeking, Mr. Lukas said. The salary range for the job is $43,700 to $49,900.

        Mr. Lukas, who will choose the new chief, said he is looking for someone with management experience who has been involved with a growing fire department.

        Initially 11 people, including two current full-time Franklin firefighters, applied for the chief's job. The field was narrowed to five by the city's civil service commission, Mr. Lukas said.

        Hugh DePew retired in January after 35 years on the Franklin department, the last eight as chief.

        Capt. James Marcum has been acting chief.


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