Forest Grove names fire chief candidates
Forest Grove has invited four candidates to interview for the position of fire chief, the city announced Monday, Sept. 13.
Two of the candidates are from California: Jim Geering, who most recently served as fire chief in Chula Vista, and Lorenzo Gigliotti, who served three years as fire chief of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District in Southern California. Both retired at the end of 2020.
Another candidate is from Washington: Seth Johnson, who has been chief of the West Benton Regional Fire Authority since 2017.
Rounding out the quartet is an internal candidate and recognizable face for many Forest Grove-area residents: David Nemeyer, who currently serves as division chief and fire marshal for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Nemeyer has been with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue since 1998, when he started as a volunteer firefighter. He is also a lifelong Forest Grove resident, the city noted in its announcement of the candidates.
Candidates will be interviewed Friday, Sept. 17, by what Forest Grove's press release described as "three diverse and independent panels." Those panels will include city employees, community members, and technical and fire service members from other agencies.
After this phase in the interview process, the panels will select finalists who will interview with Jesse VanderZanden, Forest Grove's city manager.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue bade farewell in January to longtime chief Michael Kinkade, who retired after more than a decade with the department. For much of his time in Forest Grove, Kinkade served simultaneously as chief of the Cornelius Fire Department, as well as of the Gaston Rural Fire District.
In the interim, Patrick Fale has been acting as fire chief. Fale also works as division chief of training for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the Westside's largest fire district.
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