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Acting Burlington Fire Chief Lone Finalist

Nov 19, 2012

The man currently leading the Burlington Fire Department is in line to keep the job.

There is just 1 finalist for Burlington's search for a new fire chief.

The city’s Civil Service Commission has certified just one candidate to be the city’s next fire chief and that person is acting Chief Matt Trexel.

Trexel will go through an assessment and a series of interviews next week.  There will also be a public forum on Tuesday, Nov. 27th.

City Manager Jim Ferneau says even though there is just one finalist, this will not be an automatic decision.

Six people applied for the position, but Ferneau says the five out-of-town candidates did not meet the hiring qualifications in areas such as education and experience.

Ferneau plans to make a recommendation to the city council early next month.

Trexel has been with the Burlington Fire Department for about 15-years.

He was serving as a Battalion Chief before being appointed to take over for former Chief Tom Clements, who was demoted to Deputy Chief in September.

Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission has also ruled that Ferneau had the authority to demote former Fire Chief Tom Clements.

The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by a member of the fire department.

The exact reason for Clement’s demotion has not been made public.