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Canby Fire chooses final four

District seeking successor to Ted Kunze


The board of directors of Canby Fire District 62 have chosen four western-state firefighting professionals as finalists for the job of fire chief.

The candidates — from California, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon — will meet the public Monday, June 16, at a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the apparatus bay at the fire station at 221 S. Pine St. The four finalists will meet with the district fire board in executive session at 5 p.m.

Tuesday afternoon the candidates will interview at the Clackamas County Event Center with the board and two panels, one made up of community leaders and the other comprised of volunteer and paid firefighters and staff.

The candidates are James Davis, a division chief with Tualatin Fire & Rescue; Michael Kain, chief of the Selma (Calif.) Fire Department; Michael Schick, deputy chief of Louisville (Colo.) Fire Protection; and Timothy Soule, deputy fire chief-deputy emergency manager for the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts in Douglas County, Nev.

Davis has more than 30 years of experience as a chief fire officer, the last 15 with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. He has served as TVF&R Division Chief for Central Operations Training and Safety since 2010. Before that he served as its safety chief & operations battalion chief for TVFR. He is also currently a volunteer Captain for the Canby Fire District.

Earlier in his career, he was chief of the Oregon City Fire Department for three years, chief for the Woodinville Fire & Life District for 14 years and assistant chief-fire marshal for the city of Coeur D’alene Fire Department in Idaho.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from City University in Bellevue, Wash., and has completed the executive fire officer program at the National Fire Academy.

Kain has been with the Selma since 1987 and its chief for almost three years. Earlier in his career he was a part-paid firefighter for five years for North Central Fire Protection District in Kerman, Calif. He also has been an EMT, paramedic and paramedic supervisor for ambulance services in California.

He currently serves as an EMT Instructor for the Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing at Fresno and an EMT Instructor for the city of Clovis (Calif.) Fire Department.

Schick has served more than 20 years with the Louisville fire unit 20 years, rising from firefighter to deputy chief in January 2012.

He served several months as the district’s interim fire chief and as volunteer fire chief for a year and a half. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental health and in microbiology, both from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Soule has been the deputy fire chief-deputy emergency manager for the East Fork district since October 2011.

He previously served as training officer-duty officer for the Evergreen

Fire Rescue Department and as emergency medical services manager for the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services, both in Kalispell, Mont. He was with the Kalispell Fire Department for 10 years, the last two years as assistant chief and training officer.

Earlier in his career he was a firefighter and paramedic four years for the South Euclid (Ohio) Fire Department and a volunteer with the Newbury (Ohio) Volunteer Fire Department for seven years, first as a firefighter - paramedic and later lieutenant -paramedic.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Science in social administration, both from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Canby board is seeking a successor to Ted R. Kunze, who retires July 1, after 16 years as Canby fire chief.

The board originally received 24 applications for the position, which pays $120,000 to $135,000 a year. Board members pared the list to the four finalists in an executive session Monday.

Since the timing of events is uncertain, the board has appointed Tom O’Connor, division chief for operations, to serve as acting chief to cover any gap between the time Kunze leaves and the new chief starts.



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