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Guyton begins search for full-time fire chief
09.15 leisure services
Guyton swore in its initial members of the leisure services board. Sworn in were Laverne Bowers, Charles Lee, Robert Hunter, Lula Seabrooks and Kim Young. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Guyton will take applications for the newly-created paid position of fire chief.

The duties of the paid chief position also will include assisting the city’s public works department as needed, according to interim city manager Randy Alexander. The chief will help with such duties as turning on and turning off water service for Guyton customers.

“He’ll have a dual job,” Alexander said. “He’ll be here every day.”

The city is taking the money spent on part-time firefighters who worked a total of 40 hours during the week.  

“We’re replacing some part-time positions with a full-time position,” said Alderman Jeff Lariscy.

Under the duties outlined in the job description, the new paid chief will plan, organize and direct fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services and with the collaboration of and under direction of the public safety director will oversee the fire department’s activities. He also will assist the public works department with meter reading and street and public infrastructure maintenance.

Qualifications also include at least 10 years of experience in firefighting, including supervisory duties.

Guyton council members also swore in the members of its first leisure services board at its Sept. 8 meeting.

Laverne Bowers, Robert Hunter, Joseph Lee, Lula Seabrooks and Kim Young were sworn in as the inaugural board members. Terms of office will be staggered, with Bowers serving for one year, Hunter and Lee each serving for two years and Seabrooks and Young serving on the board for three years each.

Council members also tabled approving the contract with Sikes Brothers, Inc., for work on the Rails to Trails project.

“There are some issues with some of the bonds listed in the contract,” Lariscy said.

The only limitation on the timeline of the project is to have the federal funds spent by December 2010, Lariscy added.

Council members also approved a resolution adopting the community agenda of the comprehensive plan.

“To be in compliance with the (Department of Community Affairs), we have to have this done by the end of the month,” said city attorney Ramona Bartos.