Golden Valley Fire makes offer to Illinois battalion chief
KINGMAN - The Golden Valley Fire Department announced Tuesday that a tentative offer for the assistant chief position has been offered to an acting battalion chief from Watseka, Ill.
Ted Martin is set to begin the week of Sept. 12, just in time, Chief Tom O'Donohue said, for the department's strategic planning retreat that will last three days and set the fire district's goals for the coming five years.
Martin, 46, reportedly has more than 30 years of fire service experience and holds both an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in fire science and a Bachelor of Arts in management. He is coming from the Tri-State Fire Protection District, where he oversaw a department of 70 fire department personnel that served 35,000 residents. He was also the city of Wateska's mayor.
Martin was one of five candidates, including one from within the department, who underwent three days of testing and evaluations for the spot.
"No one evaluation section or interview made the final determination, rather it was a compilation of thoughts, input and experience that guided our final decision," O'Donohue said.
Golden Valley Capt. Dave Martin, who had been serving as acting assistant chief for the last several months, placed third overall in the district's national search for the position but was unable to successfully complete the physical ability requirements due to an existing knee injury. O'Donohue thanked Martin for his leadership and dedication to the department for taking on the role during the search.
The Board of Directors officially approved O'Donohue's final recommendation for the tentative employment offer at last week's board meeting. The final offer is contingent upon successful completion of drug testing and a final background check. Martin's salary will fall in the range of $78,000-$82,000 a year.
Residents who would like to meet Martin are invited to the board meeting Sept. 14, where he will officially be sworn in as a department member.