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Fire board finalists down to a dozen

Nearly half of the dozen candidates for four seats on the East Fork Fire District's first independent board are former firefighting officials.

Douglas County commissioners are scheduled to meet 9 a.m. Tuesday to appoint members of the first board, which will take office in January.

One of them is East Fork Fire District's first chief, Bill Driscoll, who is up for the district 1 seat.

Other fire board finalists include retired Tahoe Douglas Fire Chief Guy LeFever, retired East Fork Battalion Chief Ron Haskins, and retired Carson City Chief Fire Officer Eric Bero. Thirty-five-year emergency medical services veteran Kenneth Garber rounded out the professional cadre.

Retired Carson City Fire Marshal Steve Mihelic was the only person to seek the District 5 seat on the fire board.

Finalists for the board include three former or current county commissioners, including Chairman Doug Johnson, Bernie Curtis and Jacques Etchgoyhen. Retired Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Griffin also made the final cut as did retired FBI agent William Jonkey, who investigated the 1980 Harvey's Bombing, retired General Electric mechanical engineer Gary Sozzi, and Minden CPA Mark Neddenriep.

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East Fork District Chief Tod Carlini said that there were originally 19 applicants, but two withdrew their names.

During two days of interviews on Sept. 8-9, 18 members of a screening committee eliminated four of the applicants to develop the list of finalists.

Carlini said a compilation of scores placed Curtis, Griffin, Bero and LeFever in the top four spots.

A straw poll conducted by committee members, gave a similar account with Bero, Griffin, Curtis winning three of the district spots. Etchegoyhen won the straw poll over LeFever in District 4.

On Tuesday, county commissioners will have 15 minutes with each of the finalists. Carlini estimates the process will take a little longer than four hours.

East Fork Board Finalists

District 1

Ron Haskins

Eric Bero

Kenneth Garber

District 2

Bill Driscoll

Mark Neddenriep

Barbara Griffin

District 3

Doug Johnson

William Jonkey

Bernie Curtis

District 4

Gary Sozzi

Jacques Etchegoyhen

Guy LeFever

District 5

Steve Mihelic