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Three board seats up for election at West Metro Fire

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District also looking to hire a new chief

By Emile Hallez

Three of the seven West Metro Fire Rescue board of director seats are up for election in May, and as of last week the district had received only a handful of self-nominations.

Board president and District 4 director Pam Feely is running again for her seat, though incumbent Ted Waller is ineligible to run, as he no longer resides in District 7 following a redrawing of district boundaries that pushed Waller out by several blocks.

The deadline for submitting self-nomination forms for the May 8 election is March 2 at 4 p.m., and forms must be submitted to the designated election official at 3535 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood. Residents must live in Districts 4, 6 or 7 for the at-large election. Districts 6 and 7 span a portion of South Jeffco, while District 4 is north of U.S. 285.

The district is also in the process of hiring a new fire chief. West Metro has received at least eight applications for the high-ranking position, including one from interim Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

West Metro plans to hold candidate interviews on March 20 and make a selection by April 3. A new chief is expected to begin the job on May 1.

Former chief Douglas McBee resigned last year. The board prolonged its search for a replacement, Feely said, to determine what qualities the district should seek in candidates.

“We have to go through a process to determine what we want in a chief, what are the qualifications,” Feely said, adding that the search is not limited to local candidates, though it was not advertised nationally. “We decided to post it on our website. … It’s not really a national search, but if there is someone interested from outside the district, they are free to apply.”

A salary range for the new chief will be negotiated, Feely said. McBee earned $141,000 annually at the time of his retirement.

The West Metro Fire board is next scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. March 7 in the administration building at 433 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood.

 

Contact Emile Hallez at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22.