GV fire board wades through chief applications

KINGMAN - The Golden Valley Fire District Board will meet tonight to discuss the process for wading through applications for the department's open slot for fire chief.

Board President Marc Frederick said the department has received at least 30 applications for fire chief. Applications for the position must be received by Nov. 30 to be considered.

The fire department has been without a chief since the board elected to sever its relationship with interim chief Neal Bellew Sept. 23.

Bellew was said to have quit his position a week earlier but told the board that he hadn't resigned and was simply taking vacation time.

The board voted 3-2 in September to end its relationship with Bellew, with Lovelle Barnett and Noel Labonte casting the dissenting votes. Those who voted against Bellew cited his poor performance in the months he served as interim chief.

Bellew was appointed to serve as interim chief for 90 days after Chief Rudy Barboa retired in April after more than 20 years with the department.

Three captains have been serving as replacements on their respective shifts while the board searches for a permanent chief, Frederick said. The earliest a new chief could be installed would likely be around Feb. 1, he said.

Frederick said the board members, all unpaid, have been spending hours going through applications "making sure we make the right selection."

Frederick also intends to give the board an update at tonight's meeting on several charges filed against him by two firefighters who allege that Frederick struck them after a heated board meeting this summer.

Frederick, who faces two charges of assault and one charge of disorderly conduct, said he intends to take the issue to trial.