Process underway for selecting new county fire chief

County officials are making progress in filling its fire and rescue chief position left vacant after former chief Gary Yew’s retirement last month. The application period ended Aug. 8 and Evan Vass, assistant county administrator for Shenandoah County is taking the next steps.

“We are just now wrapping up the initial review (of applications),” he said. “The next stage is a formal interview. I’m hesitant to put a timeframe on it. It’ll depend on when we do the interviews. We want to get the position filled but we want it filled with the right person so we don’t want to be hasty in making that decision.”

Vass explained what he is looking for in the Shenandoah County’s next fire chief.

“We’re looking for somebody with experience in a combination system — somebody that can lead a combination volunteer-career system, somebody who is familiar with Shenandoah County and somebody who can work with a wide variety of people.”

This volunteer-career experience will be vital in a county where the two interact daily. Vass wouldn’t specify if there were applications on file from applicants within the department, but said that he has “a variety of applicants at this stage.”

Vass wouldn’t say if any of the 21 applicants are from within the department but said that he has “a variety of applicants at this stage.”

Pay for the position ranges from $59,874 to $88,884 depending on education and experience, Vass said.

“We’re in the process,” Vass said. “We’re working through the applications and working towards filling that important position.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or

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