KINGMAN - The new Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Board got down to business Thursday, with incoming members at their first meeting leaving the leadership in experienced hands.
Newly elected board members Mike Collins, Jim Bailey and Erik Berg voted veteran board members Gary Seieroe and Victor Riccardi as board chair and clerk, respectively. Both Seieroe and Riccardi voted for Bailey for each position.
While Seieroe accepted the position, Riccardi declined the clerk position.
"I probably will not be able to perform effectively as clerk," Riccardi said.
Bailey was then given the responsibility as clerk.
Bailey leads search for chief
Bailey was also selected to head the selection committee for a new fire chief. The process includes determining what qualifications they are seeking, as well as advertising for the position.
Currently, Tim King serves as the interim fire chief. King has worked for the district for the last 15 years, most recently as division chief.
King replaced former chief Wayne L. Eder, who gave notice of resignation on Nov. 5 - the day after Collins, Bailey and Berg were elected. On Nov. 18, the NACFD Board at the time accepted the resignation of Eder, effective on Nov. 22.
At the Thursday meeting, Ed Eads with the Professional Fire Fighters of Kingman Local 4191 addressed the board.
"We truly want to be a part of the solution and to provide the highest level of service to the people in the community," Eads said.