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Elkins set to interview fire chief candidates

ELKINS — City officials are setting up interviews with candidates for the position of Elkins Fire Chief.

A total of 22 candidates entered applications for the position, First Ward Councilman Rob Chenoweth said during the most recent Elkins City Council meeting.

“We whittled that down to five candidates and we’re in the process of setting up interviews,” Chenoweth said.

After more than 40 years of volunteer and paid service at the Elkins Fire Department, Chief Tom Meader announced his retirement during an April City Council meeting.

EFD Captain Steven Himes was appointed interim chief and a committee was formed to search for Meader’s replacement. Meader’s retirement was effective April 30.

In other city news:

• Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett provided an activity report for the Elkins Police Department for the month of May.

In May the department responded to 493 calls for service, resulting in 33 cases, 26 arrests, 10 criminal citations and 36 traffic citations.

Bennett said the department’s three new officers –Jeffrey Rutter, Ramon Goux and Noah Elbon — are “doing very well. I think all three of them are enjoying the job so far and are preparing themselves very well to be successful at the (State Police) Academy, hopefully in August.”

Bennett also said the department had recently received some “new technology” as a donation from a local business.

“We received some new technology in our department,” the chief said. “I won’t go into any great details in a public forum about it, but it helps us to do our job in a more efficient manner, so we’re really happy to have that. And that was provided to us by a local business. We really appreciate that, when local businesses step up and do things to help us do our job.”

Bennett also recounted how, while attending his son’s high school graduation, a woman came up to him and said, “I was stopped by one of your officers earlier today … I just wanted to tell you, Chief, that police officer treated me so good that I don’t even mind paying the citation that he issued me.”

“I think that’s very commendable,” Bennett said. “I was really happy about that.”

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