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Dubuque names finalists for fire chief replacement

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Dubuque has six finalists vying for the position of fire chief, which retiring chief Dan Brown will vacate in late August.

City manager Mike Van Milligen announced the finalists Thursday.

The interview process will begin July 1 and wrap up during the first week of August, after which Van Milligen will appoint a new fire chief, subject to the approval of the city council.

The finalists follow in alphabetical order, by last name.

Mark Burkle is an assistant fire chief with Dubuque's fire department. He has served with the department since 1989 and has a mechanical repair diploma from Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta and a pre-hospital emergency medical care certificate from Mercy Medical Center Dubuque.

Kevin Esser is a captain with Dubuque's fire department. He has served with the department since 2001 and has an associate's degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala. He has also completed coursework toward a bachelor's degree in fire administration, from the same institution.

Mark Ludescher is an assistant fire chief with Dubuque's fire department. He has served with the department since 1988 and has an associate's degree in fire science from Northeast Iowa Community College and a bachelor's degree in business management from Loras College in Dubuque.

William "Buck" Manley is the fire science program director at the LaSalle-Peru High School Area Career Center in LaSalle, Ill. Prior to that, he was a captain with the Ottawa, Ill. fire department from 1993 to 2013. Manley has an associate's degree in fire science-EMS from Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Ill., a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. and a bachelor's degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

Rick Steines is an assistant fire chief with Dubuque's fire department. He has served with the department since 1985 and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Course at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Md. He also has an associate's degree in fire science from Northeast Iowa Community College.

Robert Wetzel is a captain with the Decatur, Ill. Fire Department. He has served that department since 1988. Wetzel has a bachelor's degree in fire prevention/administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., a master's degree in safety/security from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois in Springfield, Ill.

Dan Brown has served as Dubuque's fire chief since 1996.
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