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Austin fire chief applicants slated for October interviews

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

On July 1, Rhoda Mae Kerr, Austin’s first female fire chief left her position to move back to Florida. Since then, the city has been searching for a new applicant to fill her shoes. Although Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano couldn’t make the Sept. 4 meeting of the Public Safety Commission to offer an update on the status of the interview process, he sent an email to Chair Rebecca Webber, which she read aloud. According to Arellano’s email, the city received 80 applications, which an outside consultant is currently screening to determine who will proceed to the interview process this October. Webber noted that she asked how the interviews would be conducted and if the community would have any input. As part of the interview process, there will be four panels conducting interviews, and one panel will include community representatives to ensure that the new fire chief will be serving all of his or her constituents’ needs.

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