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Contract not renewed for North Oldham Fire Chief

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By Taylor Riley

 

The North Oldham Fire District will experience a change in leadership come February.

Current NOFD Chief David Stoltz will not receive another term at the helm of the department when his current one ends in February, the North Oldham Fire District Board of Trustees announced at their last meeting two weeks ago.

Stoltz has been associated with the fire department for upwards of 30 years, where he has been chief for three years and acting chief before that.

The process of selecting a chief takes approximately six months, Randy Scherer, chairman of the board, said. Scherer said there are no candidates in mind, but the formal process will begin when resumes are received in September. The selection process will begin at the end of October.

Jack Ising, Hewett Brown and Scott Thompson will lead the technical committee to judge the candidates in competition to take over the chief’s position, according to Scherer.

With a new chief might come other personnel changes, Scherer said.

“We are giving (the new chief) the authority to take whatever actions he chooses,” Scherer said. “I anticipate there may be some reshuffling.”

Scherer said Stoltz was not resigning. Both Stoltz and Assistant Chief Don Dahl refused to comment on the matter. Other former trustees with North Oldham did not return calls requesting comment.

The next North Oldham Fire District Board of Trustees Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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