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Bath seeking assistant fire chief

6/20/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Bath Township is seeking a new assistant fire chief.

Trustees, at the June 17 meeting, approved posting the position June 18 through July 29. Trustees also approved an amended job description for the position.

The vacancy was created by the June 6 retirement of former Assistant Chief Tim Gemind. Gemind, who served in the department since 1987, took a position as deputy fire chief for a department in Wake Forest, N.C. Gemind was one of four finalists for the Bath fire chief position in December 2011 and served as interim fire chief following the retirement of former Fire Chief Jim Paulett in March 2011.

Documents provided by Fire Chief Walter Hower said internal Fire Department personnel with a rank of lieutenant or above and external candidates with the rank of captain or above are eligible to apply.

Applications are scheduled to be reviewed the week of July 29 by a three-person panel including the fire chief, township administrator and an appointee of the fire chief. The panel will choose eight candidates to be tested. The top three candidates will be further evaluated before interviewing with trustees in October. Documents said trustees are expected to make an appointment at their first meeting in November.

In other action, the board:

  • announced free admission to the Akron Zoo for Bath residents Sept. 1-5. Tickets are good for admission on one day and are limited to four per household; and
  • approved payment of requisitions and purchase orders totaling $94,345.

Upcoming events include:

√ Summer Solstice Concert at Bath Community Activity Center. The free concert will feature Tony Fortunato and the Travis Haddix Blues Band June 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. It was funded by an anonymous donor, according to Pam Reitz, of the Park Board;

√ Bug Walk celebrating National Pollinators Week, June 22 at 1 p.m. Meet at Bath Nature Preserve trailhead;

√ ongoing exhibit Walk Down Memory Lane at the Bath Township Museum, 1241 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. The exhibit features township memorabilia and photographs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The museum is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. noon on the last Saturday of each month. The museum is open other times by appointment. Admission is free; and

√ Community Day at Bath Community Activity Center, Aug. 3.

The board’s next regular meeting will be July 1 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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