NACFD to interview chief finalists Thursday

The NACFD board.

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The NACFD board.

KINGMAN – Three finalists will be interviewed for the job of fire chief at Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District when the board meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the station on Northern Avenue.

The search for a new chief to replace Patrick Moore, who resigned in December, was narrowed from a field of five candidates at a May 4 special meeting.

Fire district board members Mike Collins and Jim Bailey chose the top three candidates based on a rating system. Though the final scoring of the three finalists was not identical, the candidates were ranked in the same order of one through five, Bailey said.

Interim Fire Chief Wayne Eder, who was hired in March, was not among the finalists. Board Chairwoman Patti Lewis wanted all five candidates to be interviewed.

Eder served as NACFD fire chief from 2003-2008, resigning in the midst of a declining budget that forced the closure of three fire stations and a 50 percent reduction in staff.

Eder’s salary is $95,000 a year, though the new fire chief’s salary has not been determined. The interviews may take place in executive session, which is closed to the public.

Chairwoman Lewis and board member Vic Riccardi are the subject of a recall petition filed shortly after they voted to rehire Eder. One of the issues is Riccardi’s lack of documentation for required training to be on the board.