Florence posts Fire Chief position after a year of redefining job descriptions

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – One year ago, the city of Florence named an Interim Fire Chief to take over for Charlie Cochran who served as chief for more than 20-years.

After evaluating the department’s structure, the city’s Civil Service Board has decided to post the permanent job.

Almost daily, fire fighters are called to risk their lives to save others from disaster.

When Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock named Battalion Chief Terry Willett as Interim Fire Chief on August 5, 2013, Haddock said he had the department’s fire fighters in mind.

He’s taking the same stance when looking for the next chief.

“I think we are looking for someone that has the vision, that can use the technology that’s available, that can carry us into the future, but at the same time do it in a safe manner,” stated Haddock.

Before looking for a new fire chief, Haddock said the Civil Service Board wanted to put some thought into the department’s future as well.

Mayor Haddock said the volunteer board wanted to put it in black and white how fire fighters are promoted up the ranks.

“We decided in talking with the civil service board we were going to redo some job descriptions,” explained Haddock. “It’s one of the things that are very important and critical to any department, but especially the fire department, is to give them a career ladder.”

And Haddock believes it will help the new fire chief concentrate on training and safety when they take the post.

The job posting for the city of Florence Fire Chief position closes on August 30th.

A yearly salary range set for the chief`s spot, is $72,000 to $97,000.

Civil Service Board members will handle the hiring process.

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