Eastside Fire & Rescue launches search for new chief

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:19 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue began advertising Sept. 21 for a replacement for Fire Chief Lee Soptich who will step down at the end of January after roughly 10 years on the job.

The EFR board of directors hired a California consultant company, The Mercer Group Inc., to help with the search, said Ingrid Anderson-Boyle, EFR human resources manager.

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

According to a timetable provided by Anderson-Boyle, Mercer will advertise the position and accept résumés until Oct. 19. The company plans to come up with about six to eight semifinalists, said Clark Wuzberger, a project manager for The Mercer Group. Read more

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Eastside Fire & Rescue board members agree to budget, governance changes

December 31, 2013

The Eastside Fire & Rescue board of directors did everything except sing “Auld Lang Syne” at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The board unanimously voted to accept proposed funding model changes. That was followed with a unanimous vote to approve a revised EFR governing agreement. They even took a short break during the meeting to celebrate with glasses of sparkling cider and holiday cookies.

After months of disagreements over funding issues, members of the group joked and teased one another.

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