Candidate for Orland Fire Chief Offered Job, But Not Announced
The next Orland Fire Protection District chief has been offered a contract, but now more negotiations could take place before the deal is sealed.
The Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees made their pick for a new fire chief, but who that person is won’t be announced until a contract is signed, according to the board president.
The district board gave a go-ahead to present a contract to their top selected chief candidate, though negotiations could follow before the deal is done. The contract was approved with a 4-0 vote. Trustee Martin McGill did not attend Tuesday night’s meeting.
The chief’s responsibilities have been upheld by Raymond Kay, a battalion chief with the district, since May 2011 when Bryant Krizik was put on administrative leave while an investigation was carried out. Krizik later retired amid allegations of inappropriate images on a district laptop, though misconduct was not officially proved by the investigation, nor could the images be directly traced back to Krizik.
Kay was among final candidates for the full position of chief, though no identifying information about the selected candidate was given during the meeting.
Board president James Hickey would not say whether the selected chief candidate works for the district, or if he lives in Illinois. Hickey did, however, praise Kay for his work in the past year.
“Until all the contracts are signed we’re not releasing a name,” Hickey said after the meeting. “The candidate could make changes and bring it back to us. Nothing has been set in stone yet.”
Hickey said the hope is for the selected candidate to begin as chief within about two weeks. Specific terms of the three-year chief contract, including salary, were not offered during Tuesday’s meeting, though district officials said the contract would be posted online once it is signed.
“Everyone was very qualified. It took much consideration,” Hickey said. “Each person had their strengths. All three candidates have been in the fire service for a long time. Basically their whole professional careers.”
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