City of Lincoln
2015 Media Releases
- October 16, 2015
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Mayor Names Finalists for Fire Chief
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the five finalists for the position of Fire Chief:
- Luis Fernandez recently retired as Assistant Fire Chief for Technical and Supportive Services with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in Florida.
- Perry Guido has served as Fire Chief for Bellevue Nebraska since 2009 and served as Assistant Fire Chief in Omaha.
- John Rukavina is Director and Principal of Public Fire Safety Services in Asheville, North Carolina, where he was Fire Chief for 14 years.
- Jerome Schirmer is the Assistant Chief - Operations/Emergency Services for the Superstition Fire and Medical District in Arizona.
- Thomas Solberg is the Fire Chief for Pleasant Hill, Iowa and was the Director of the Fire Service Training School at Montana State University.
The candidates will visit Lincoln November 11 for interviews. Mayor Beutler will make the final decision.
Members of the committee that selected the finalists were Public Safety Director Tom Casady, Health Director Judy Halstead, Human Resources Director Doug McDaniel and Mayoral Aide Molly Burton. They were assisted by Greg Prothman, founder of the Prothman Group, an Issaquah, Washington firm specializing in executive searches for governmental entities.
Tim Linke has been serving as Interim Fire Chief of Lincoln Fire and Rescue since the retirement of John Huff in June 2015.