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CWWFD2 asks public for input on fire chief job description

WALLA WALLA - The Columbia Walla Walla Fire District 2 volunteers and board are grateful for the voters' approval of the 2023 Levy Lid Lift. In allocating these resources, the department has prioritized hiring a full-time, paid Fire Chief.

The department understands the importance of the community having an opportunity to give input on leadership of CWWFD2.

Assistant Fire Chief Matt Spring formed a hiring committee of department and community members to begin the process. The committee reviewed Fire Chief Descriptions from other fire departments to tailor one that meets the district's unique needs. The acting volunteer Fire Chief, Colter Mohney, approved the document which was then given to all FD2 Volunteers for review.

Now, the department is making the draft available to the community for its feedback.

The draft job description is available for review at

Why community input matters:

Community-Centric Approach: The department serves all the residents and businesses in the district. The publics perspectives, concerns, and expectations are vital in shaping the qualities and qualifications the department seek in our Fire Chief.

Ensuring representation: Involving the community in the job description review will help the future Fire Chief serve all community members effectively.

Transparency and accountability: The department invites the public to participate in this process as part of its ongoing commitment to openness and inclusivity in all aspects of the district's operations.

How to get involved:

Review the job description: Take the time to read the draft job description available at, and consider how it aligns with the needs and values of our community.

Provide feedback: Residents' opinions matter. The department wants to hear suggestions, including additional qualifications, concerns about specific requirements, or ideas to improve the description. Feedback can be submitted by email or direct mail, as indicated at the end of the job description.

Spread the word: Encourage friends, family, and neighbors to participate in the review process. The more voices heard, the better informed the decision-making will be.

On behalf of the department, volunteer firefighter Corben Ketelsen said, "Together, let's work towards selecting a fire chief who will meet the highest professional standards and reflect the priorities of our community. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to keeping our neighborhoods safe."


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