It hasn’t been exactly a state secret, but Spokane Valley Fire Department officials prepared for the upcoming retirement of its chief and deputy chief sometime next year.
On Monday, the fire department’s board of commissioners unanimously agreed to hire Prothman Co. to conduct the search for a new chief and deputy chief to replace Mike Thompson and Larry Rider, respectively.
Chief Thompson is set to retire sometime “during the first half of 2013,” while Rider, Thompson’s deputy chief, will do so in the latter half of that year.
Prothman, based in Issaquah, was chosen over two other contenders, Bob Murray & Associates and Ralph Anderson & Associates.
Kolby Hanson, fire commissioner, said Murray and Prothmann “stood out the most,” but he was willing to make a motion to give the nod to Prothman.
“I felt the same way,” said Commissioner Joe Dawson, adding both had good presentations but he likes “to stay local when we can” when choosing contract partners.
Prothman is not a new name around these parts, as the firm has been utilized in city official searches in both Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake.
Thompson was appointed chief in March 2005. Rider, born and raised in Spokane Valley and the son of former Chief Doug Rider, began his career with department in 1980.
In other news the fire commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with Spokane County Fire District 8 to allow the use of the fire department’s SCBA (Portacount) Fit testing equipment. In turn, Spokane Valley Fire wants to use District 8’s electronic I.D. card producing machine.
Both departments benefit, according to Thompson, by sharing resources that are intermittently used during the course of a year.