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16 seek fire chief’s job

by Christy Chalmers

Sixteen people, including three from Douglas County, have applied for the job that East Fork Fire and Paramedic District Chief Jim Reinhardt is leaving in May.

County Manager Dan Holler said the applicants include seven from Nevada. The others hail from California, Florida, New Mexico, Illinois and Washington state.

In addition to the Douglas candidates, Holler said the Nevada applicants are from Carson City, Reno, Jackpot and Dayton. Holler wouldn’t disclose the names of the applicants, citing confidentiality rules that will prevail until the county commission, which also acts as the fire commission, considers the candidates.

But East Fork Fire captains Terry Taylor and Tod Carlini and Bruce Van Cleemput, assistant fire chief in the Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, all confirmed they applied for the job, which has a salary range of $49,961 to $68,099.

Taylor is East Fork’s fire inspector. He has volunteered as a firefighter for six years with the Johnson Lane fire department.

Carlini, East Fork’s training captain, began working for the district in 1997. He had been chief of the Mason Valley Fire Protection District since 1990.

Van Cleemput has worked for Tahoe-Douglas for 26 years and has volunteered with the Jacks Valley fire department and the Douglas County Engine Co.

Holler said the fire chiefs advisory board, which consists of the leaders of East Fork’s 11 fire departments, will do an initial evaluation of the candidates, then submit a list of finalists to the county commissioners.

“My guess is we will shoot to take three candidates to the board,” said Holler.

The commission will then interview the finalists and make a choice, possibly in mid-May.

Reinhardt announced in February he would resign effective May 19. In a letter, he said he wants to pursue other activities and opportunities and thinks it’s time to let someone else run the district.

If the commission doesn’t choose a new chief by the time Reinhardt leaves, Holler said an interim leader may be appointed.