City names top 3 finalists for fire chief; Petersen still in

Published 10:16am Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The city of Austin is one step closer to a new fire chief.

Austin’s Fire Civil Service Commission named three finalists for the job Monday, including Austin fire commander Terry Petersen. Joining Petersen is James McCoy, a captain with the Rochester Fire Department, and Joshua Anderson, a reserve firefighter with the Bridgetown Fire Department in Nesbit, Miss.

McCoy has 17 years experience in the fire service in a variety of capacities, according to Human Resources Director Trish Wiechmann. Anderson has worked in fire service for about 15 years. Petersen has more than 20 years of experience in the Austin Fire Department, as he was a paid on-call firefighter for five years before joining the department full-time in 1997.

Wiechmann said the commission has set tentative interview dates for mid-October, which could change depending on how long it takes to complete background checks on each candidate.

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