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Waukesha Fire Chief Search Narrowed to 6 Finalists

No details released on who is being considered to lead the Waukesha Fire Department.

The Waukesha fire chief search has been narrowed to six candidates, according to Mark Morien, vice president of Voorhees Associates.

The search firm is not yet releasing the names of the finalists. There were a total of 48 applicants seeking the top position in the Waukesha Fire Department.

Fire Chief Allen LaConte announced his retirement from the Waukesha Fire Department in November 2011 after working for the city for 34 years.

His last day was celebrated at the department in early March 2012.

A quarrel between the Waukesha Common Council and the Police and Fire Commission about funding for a nationwide fire chief search brought a long delay to the hiring process. Because the Police and Fire Commission is an independent body by state statutes, the Common Council can’t interfere with its hiring decisions. However, 

The council was split 7-7, with Mayor Jeff Scrima voting against funding a national recruitment firm.

But the council eventually changed directions after being confronted with the state statutes that require Police and Fire Commissions to remain independent.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Howard has been acting as fire chief since LaConte left the department.

Mr Lundt March 14, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Is the internal candidate the board wanted a finalist?
Sarah Millard March 14, 2013 at 09:58 PM
They have not said who the finalists are...and it is unknown who the Police and Fire Commission wants to hire.
Mr Lundt March 15, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Thanks Will we eventually know? Why would the finalists be secret?
Sarah Millard March 15, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Under state law they don't have to release names unless there are five or less candidates. I will update when they release a list and when they select a police chief.

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