East Fork chief receives high marks from commissioners
District Fire Chief Tod Carlini received top marks Thursday from county commissioners, along with a 4 percent merit increase and three additional days of paid administrative leave.
Commissioner Nancy McDermid set the tone for Carlini’s annual review.
“I think you’ve done an outstanding job,” McDermid said. “Thank you for everything you did last year. It was a tough year fire-wise, and I compliment you on your emergency management work.”
Carlini serves as the district’s emergency management director.
McDermid said she took the district’s Community Emergency Response Training.
“It was excellent. We have 75-plus excellent volunteers with their green hats and green vests ready to go. God forbid we should ever have such a disaster that we need them, but they are very dedicated.”
The 4 percent merit increase would cost the district $2,807.40 due to the district’s top-out compensation policy.
Carlini will receive a $1,621.90 in merit to push his salary to the maximum of $118,580.90. He also is to be paid a lump sum of $1,185.80.
His current salary is $116,958.90.
Commissioner Barry Penzel praised Carlini’s management skills.
“You say in your letter you are a good manager. I think that’s an understatement. I appreciate what you do to protect the citizens,” Penzel said.
Commissioner Lee Bonner said he was impressed with Carlini’s business acumen.
“It’s rare to find in a fire chief,” Bonner said. “I’m just praying we don’t have as busy a year as we did last year,”
“Me, too,” Carlini said.
Carlini is completing his 13th year as district fire chief of the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts, and fifth year as Douglas County emergency management director.
“This past year was highlighted by an extremely active fire season,” he said in his report to the board.
“The district responded to five major wildland fires within its jurisdiction. While a considerable amount of both public and private acreage was lost and suppression costs were high, not a single life was lost,” he said.
County Manager Steve Mokrohisky cited Carlini’s role in emergency management.
“His role in emergency management has been particularly helpful to me,” Mokrohisky said. “Last year was my first (as county manager), and he was very helpful.”
In his memo to commissioners, Mokrohisky wrote: “In the past year, we have faced numerous emergency response challenges, including wildland fires, flooding events, aviation-related accidents and other public safety issues. Chief Carlini, his staff and other key public safety officials serve our community and region with selfless leadership.”
Carlini declined any bonus which was also within the board’s discretion.
“I don’t feel it’s appropriate to accept any type of bonus,” he said.