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2006 Media Releases

November 2, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Mark Bowen, Mayor’s Office, 441-7511


Mayor Coleen J. Seng today named Deputy Chief Dan Wright, a veteran of nearly 30 years with the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department (LFR), as Interim Fire Chief.

“Chief Wright’s broad based skills, knowledge of the department and ability to lead on an interim basis will serve the department well,” said Mayor Seng. “His up-front attitude, honesty, sincerity and ability to relate to others and deal with a changing environment will provide the steady reassuring presence that will benefit the department until a permanent chief is named. I am confident he is the right person for this interim post.”

Wright is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of the Training Division, a post he has held since 1996. He served as a Captain from 1991 to 1996 and has worked for the Fire Department since 1977.

Wright will serve as the Interim Fire Chief until a permanent Fire Chief is selected. The Fire Chief job was advertised in September and October, and the application deadline was October 13. The City-County Personnel Department is currently checking qualifications and credentials of the applicants. The Mayor will begin reviewing and screening the applicants as soon as the Personnel Department has completed its checks.

Mayor Seng said Wright’s name was among those that rose to the top following the first phase of the Talent Plus assignment, which was to conduct an assessment of the managers and supervisors of LFR. Talent Plus interviewed 80 supervisors and managers, including the Business Manager, Fire Captains, Deputy Chiefs, and Assistant Chiefs.

Talent Plus was hired to work on three items. The first of those was to conduct individual assessments of administrative, management and supervisory positions within LFR. Talent Plus also will assist with the process of reviewing the applicants for the permanent Fire Chief. Second, Talent Plus is conducting an assessment of the management and administrative policies of LFR to identify changes to improve the business operation of the department. Third, Talent Plus will identify an ongoing management and leadership program for LFR personnel to enhance ongoing management practices and performance.

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