Search continues for a new fire chief for Charlottesville

Charlottesville is a city that has had much turnover and many high profile vacancies. That includes the position of fire chief. Michael Thomas has been serving on an interim basis since Hezedean Smith left to take a position in Florida. 

There were 30 applications to become the new chief. 

“The in-house review committee, which included representatives of the Fire Fighters union, narrowed the field to eight who were invited to do online interviews. And after that review, four candidates are invited for in-person interviews,” reads the interim city manager’s report. 

An appointment is expected in the next several weeks. 


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