Fire chief finalist is named

Livingston City commissioners will interview the city’s fire chief finalist tonight, and the public is invited to attend and comment.

The city’s interview team has chosen its preferred candidate from a pool of 35 applicants. 

That candidate, Mark Klose, is a New Hampshire man with 24 years experience in fire and emergency response.

Klose, who also served in the New Hampshire National Guard, has worked for the last six years as the deputy chief of operations and training in the city of Bedford, N.H., which has a population of about 21,000.

As the Bedford deputy chief, he is second-in-command and responsible for managing 25 full-time personnel as well as helping to oversee a $3.7 million budget, according to Klose’s resume.

Livingston City Manager Ed Meece told commissioners in a memorandum that he recommends hiring Klose “with enthusiasm.”

Meece and an interview team recently met with four top candidates before selecting Klose.

The interview team included Interim Livingston Fire & Rescue Chief Jeremy Jacobsen, Fire Reserve John Russel, Former LFR Chief Jeff Schoenen, Former LFR Chief Jim Mastin and paramedic Torsten Prahl, as well as all LFR captains.

The city started looking for a new fire chief in December when Chief Schoenen retired.

The fire chief is the only city employee whose appointment must be approved by the City Commission.

There will be a vote after commissioners interview Klose.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the City-County Complex. 

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Rose Brown may be reached at rbrown@livent.net.