Help Wanted: New Fire Chief For City Of Daytona Beach

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Daytona Beach, FL - The search is officially on for a new person to lead the Daytona Beach Fire Department.

The city is accepting applications from now until May 3rd to find a replacement for Jim Bland, who officially retired last Monday. One day later, Bland replaced Ron Spencer as the new head of the Holly Hill Fire Department.

Daytona Beach Fire Department Lieutenant Larry Stoney tells WNDB the city manager’s office is handling the hiring process.

“We will be assigned an interim fire chief while a national search for a permanent fire chief will be conducted,” Stoney said.

City spokesman Hardy Smith says there’s no specific timeline for someone to be hired.

“It’s much more important to get the right candidate in the right position rather than meeting a timeline,” Smith added.

According to the job posting on the city of Daytona Beach’s website (click here to see it), the new fire chief’s pay range is between $81,052 to $143,578 and requires a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, Public Administration, or related field.

The city is also looking for someone with “10 years of progressively responsible full-time experience in an organized paid Fire Department or related municipal service, 5 of which must have been in a managerial capacity, preferably at the level of Battalion Chief or above with responsibility for personnel and budget management”.

The job posting is scheduled to close at 11:30am on May 3, 2013, and Smith said it will take some time after that to vet the applications before City Manager Jim Chisholm make a decision.

Bland – who’s been with DBFD since 1988 – has spent the last 4 years at its head, along with stints as Lieutenant, Public Information Officer, Battalion Chief and Assistant Fire Chief.

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