The city of Hillsboro has released the names of four finalists for the open Hillsboro Fire Department Chief position, vacated with the retirement of 36-year department veteran Chief Greg Nelson last December.
Current Interim Chief Scott Magers is among the finalists, and has served as the department head since Nelson's retirement.
Vincent Beasley, Kennewick Fire Department Chief and David Downey, Albuquerque Fire Department Chief are also finalists, along with an administrative battalion chief from the Orange County Fire Authority, Dave Spencer.
According to a city release, City Manager Michael Brown is looking for "a candidate with at least 15 years experience as a fire Battalion Chief, Operations Chief or other management position."
The city delayed the search for a new chief until union contracts were in place with with firefighter and police unions. The city was also in the midst of renewing a funding levy for parks, police and fire services. The levy passed with an overwhelming majority, and both contracts were approved without incident.
Beasley was hired in December 2014, is a longtime employee of the city of Kennewick, Wash. and served as a battalion chief in Kennewick before his promotion to chief.
Spencer has been with Orange County Fire Authority since 1989. Downey had been with the Albuquerque Fire Department for two decades prior to his appointment as chief in 2014.
The city has expressed hope of having a new chief in place by the end of August. The fire chief position commands a salary between $117,323 and $154,390 a year, plus benefits. Candidates will interview with a committee, but the next chief will ultimately be hired by Brown, Assistant City Manager Robby Hammond said.
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, Spencer's position with the Orange County Fire Authority was misstated.