Meet the candidates for Arlington fire chief

  • Tue Sep 28th, 2010 10:10pm
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By Gale Fiege Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — People can meet the six finalists for the job of the city’s new fire chief at an open house Wednesday night.

A reception is set for 7 to 8:30 in the Arlington City Council chambers, 110 E. Third St.

Comments about the candidates are welcomed by the City Council and mayor, who plan to meet with the finalists at 6 p.m.

The fire chief finalists are:

•Greg Benson, who has 33 years of experience in the fire service. Benson recently retired as a battalion chief from the Elgin, Ill., Fire Department. He is an instructor at the Illinois Fire Service Institute and Elgin Community College.

Richard Gracia, a retired deputy fire chief from the Las Vegas Fire Department. He recently retired after more than 28 years of service.

Charles Hanley, a 33-year veteran of the fire service. He is an instructor with the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and Santa Rosa Junior College. He retired in 2008 from the Santa Rosa Fire Department as deputy chief of operations.

Dennis Johnson, who is a 33-year veteran of the fire service and most recently served as chief of the Woodinville Fire District. He also worked for the Boise, Whitney and Idaho Falls fire departments.

Scott LaVielle, a 28-year veteran of the fire service in the North Highline Fire District, south of Seattle. He was appointed to the position of fire chief there in 2007.

Bruce Stedman is the chief of the Alhambra Fire Department in Southern California. He joined that department in 1979 as a firefighter. For the past 20 years, Stedman also has been an instructor at Mount San Antonio College.

Former Arlington Fire Chief Jim Rankin retired this year after more than 50 years of service with several fire departments, the last five with Arlington.

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