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Cedar Rapids identifies five fire chief candidates


The City of Cedar Rapids has identified five candidates in their search for a new fire chief.

The city has narrowed its candidate pool from 43 down to five.

The two internal candidates are Mark English who is serving as the Interim Fire Chief and Greg Smith who is the current Interim Assistant Fire Chief. 

English has served Cedar Rapids for over 25 years working his way through the ranks from Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Chief Training Officer, Special Operations/Hazardous Materials/Technical Rescue Chief, Battalion Chief/Shift Commander, Chief of Operations and Assistant Fire Chief.  He was also the fire department representative to the Emergency Operations Center during the Flood of 2008.  

Smith has been with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department for 17 years and also worked his way through the ranks of the Department serving as a Firefighter, Captain, Battalion Chief and Interim Assistant Chief.  He also serves as a Planning Section Chief for the Iowa Incident Management Team.  

External candidates for the position include Gregg Cleveland from La Crosse, Wisconsin, John "David" Feichtner from Farmington Hills, Michigan and Greg Main from Evansville, Indiana.

Cleveland has been the Fire Chief of La Crosse, Wisconsin since 2006.  He's a graduate of the National Fire Academy's four year Executive Fire Officer Program and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin.  

Feichtner is a staff Lieutenant on the Farmington Hills Fire Department.  He also owns and operates First Response, LLC, a training and consulting company that provides Homeland Security, fire, hazardous materials and emergency medical services training.  

Main is the Chief of Operations for the Evansville, Indiana Fire Department.  He oversees the day-to-day operations of a Fire Suppression Division consisting of 249 firefighters working out of 14 fire stations covering 44.6 square miles. He is also a Loss Control Field Representative for Emergency Services Insurance Program and has inspected 268 fire departments throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri.

These five candidates will be brought to Cedar Rapids on July 11 for interviews which will be conducted by City Manager Jeff Pomerantz, who will lead the hiring committee and spend one on one time with each candidate. 

The day will end with a public open house at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Attendees will be asked to complete a written evaluation of the candidates.

Cedar Rapids most recent Fire Chief, Stephen Reid, abruptly retired on February 16, after less than a year in the position. 

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