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Deadline to apply for fire chief extended

The Maui News

The deadline to apply to become Maui County fire chief is being extended, with an amended notice seeking applicants for the position to be advertised statewide.

The notice was amended to say there’s a vacancy and to include a contact if an applicant has questions, said Kyle Ginoza, chairman of the Maui County Fire and Public Safety Commission.

He said the amended notice will be advertised for three consecutive weeks in a statewide newspaper, in keeping with requirements.

The two candidates who submitted applications by the initial May 16 deadline can choose to add or modify their applications, Ginoza said.

The new chief would replace Fire Chief David Thyne, who is retiring July 1 after a 33-year career, including nearly three years as chief.

The job has a starting salary of $158,851. Candidates must have at least five years’ experience in fire control, including at least three years in an administrative capacity.

At an online meeting Thursday, the Fire and Public Safety Commission voted to readvertise the position based on the recommendation of a temporary investigative group that found deficiencies in the earlier advertising.

“It was in no way because we only had two applicants and we didn’t feel they were good enough,” Ginoza said. “It was a procedural issue.”

He said the new application deadline would be 15 days after the last posting of an advertisement. The dates haven’t been set but are expected to be in July, Ginoza said.

Deputy Fire Chief Brad Ventura will serve as acting chief until a fire chief is selected.

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