NORTH RIVER FIRE DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS HOW TO APPLY Interested candidates shall submit one (1) original and seven (7) copies of all of the following documents to: North River Fire District, 1225 14th Avenue West, Palmetto, Florida 34221 on or before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Electronic submittals will not be accepted. 1. Resume and cover letter. 2. A completed North River Fire District “Application for Employment”, available at the District Office. 3. A completed “Consent to Credit and Background Check” available at the District Office. 4. A photograph of the candidate; and 5. Any other documentation the candidate wants the Board to consider. MISCELLANEOUS Applicants shall be responsible for all costs, including travel and other accommodations associated with applying for this position. Candidate submittals to the Fire District shall be subject to Florida’s Public Records law, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. In the event of a public records request, privileged or exempt information provided by the candidates shall be redacted as provided for under applicable law. Page 2 of 4 NORTH RIVER FIRE DISTRICT Any questions regarding the application process or job qualifications shall be directed to the District’s Designee for the Fire Chief selection process, Frank Bielawski. The chosen candidate will be employed under a probationary one-year contract and may be subject to reviews by the District’s Fire Commission on or about the six (6) months and nine (9) months anniversary following the start date to appraise the Fire Chief of his or her performance based upon the North River Fire District’s Fire Chief Job Description and any other criteria the Fire Commission deems appropriate. In accordance with the District’s Enabling Act, the chosen candidate must reside within the geographical boundaries of the District within three (3) months of start date. SALARY & BENEFITS The yearly salary for the Fire Chief position will be in range of $90,000.00 to $108,000.00 and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. In addition, the Fire Chief shall be eligible to receive all benefits available to the Fire District’s employees. ADDITIONAL SELECTION REQUIREMENTS Selection of a Fire Chief shall be made by the Board after a review of all candidate submittals. The Board shall short-list candidates for Fire Chief at a public meeting. All short-listed candidates shall be subject to a background and credit check, and by applying for this position all applicants acknowledge and consent to the District performing such checks. Page 3 of 4 NORTH RIVER FIRE DISTRICT Short-listed candidates shall be interviewed by the Board in a public meeting scheduled for January 14, 2014. No alternative interview dates will be available. The selected Fire Chief candidate must be available for a physical and drug tests the week of January 20, 2014. Employment is contingent upon the successful passage of the above listed background, credit checks, physical and drug tests. The Board reserves the right to select a different candidate if a selected candidate is unable to successfully pass any such checks or tests. The Board of Commissioners reserves the right to waive any informalities, irregularities or immaterial variations on the submittals by interested candidates. CONE OF SILENCE To preserve the integrity of the selection process and to avoid the appearance of impropriety, all lobbying, discussions, and other communications with Fire Commissioners about the Fire Chief selection is prohibited. This prohibition includes communication between a Fire Commissioner and applicant(s) for the position, District employees, and/or members of the public. A “cone of silence” is a period of time during which there is a prohibition on communications regarding a particular competitive selection. Commencing immediately after the advertisement for the Fire Chief position and until the Board selects a Fire Chief at a public meeting, a cone of silence shall be in effect. The cone of silence shall prohibit communication regarding a particular applicant or candidate for the Fire Chief position and individual Board of Fire Commissioners. The cone of silence shall also prohibit lobbying or any other improper attempts to influence or advocate for or against the selection of a particular candidate for the position of Fire Chief. This prohibition shall apply to the general public and District employees. If such prohibited Page 4 of 4 NORTH RIVER FIRE DISTRICT communications occur during the cone of silence period, then the Board reserves the right to disqualify any Fire Chief candidate’s eligibility for the position. The cone of silence shall not apply to communications between the candidates for the Fire Chief and the District’s current Designee for the Fire Chief selection process, Frank Bielawski.
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