Mayor Larson Sets Plan For Hiring Fire, Police Chiefs

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is ready to take a bite out of the mayoral to-do list by hiring Duluth’s next police and fire chiefs, which she formally announced her plan to do so at her first press conference of 2016 Wednesday.

“Key for my own vision of a city administration that is transparent, inclusive, and community minded,” Larson said.

The community’s support going into the chief selections solidifies Larson’s vision.

Larson wants to remind everyone that while it is important to keep the matter of filling these positions timely, she cares more about finding the right candidates.

The candidate search kicks off Feb. 1 when both positions will be posted on the city’s website, including a special comment section where the public can sound off on what they want to see in the next two chiefs.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay is moving to Wichita, Kansas, at the end of the month to take a chief of police position there.

The Duluth Fire Department has been with out a permanent chief since August, after retirements. 

“I want to see someone who is going to come in here and continue all the great things that have been done with the Duluth Police Department.” Ramsay said.

The hiring timeline could range anywhere three to six months.

“I’m looking for chiefs that interested in partner and being creative and helping to set the direction of the entire city not just in public safety,” Larson said. 

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