Bangor looking to hire fire chief, airport director

Posted May 24, 2012, at 5:18 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — While the application process is still going on for the vacant fire chief’s position, city administrative staff members soon will interview finalists to become Bangor International Airport’s new director.

“We have readvertised the fire chief’s position and that ad period will close June 22,” said Bob Farrar, Bangor’s assistant city manager. “We went through an initial process in March, had a dozen applicants, and interviewed some, but decided we wanted a broader pool of applicants.”

The fire chief’s position has been vacant since Jeff Cammack retired in late February after 32 years as a firefighter, the last 15 as chief.

The BIA director’s job — open since Rebecca Hupp resigned in March after 11 years on the job to take a similar post in Boise, Idaho — should be filled sooner.

“I’m hoping to resolve the BIA director’s opening within the next month,” said City Manager Cathy Conlow. “We’re currently putting together our list of finalists.”

Farrar said 30 people — in house and outside — applied for the BIA director job, which has a pay range of $76,946 to $103,360.

Acting interim director Tony Caruso — who has 16 years of service, the last 10 as assistant director, at BIA — said he is interested in taking the job.

“We’re looking to have folks in here for interviews over the next two to three weeks,” said Farrar. “I would hope to have a finalist named by mid- to late July, sooner if possible.”

As for the fire chief position, which has a $69,534-$93,405 pay range, things will proceed more slowly since the process had to be redone.

“Some of the applicants were certainly acceptable, but they may not have been exactly the right fit we were looking for,” said Farrar. “Once we get these ongoing applications in, we’ll sit down and take a look to see what we have. We hope to select finalists to interview in July and perhaps have someone selected by August or sooner.”

In the meantime, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie is serving as interim chief.

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