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Finalists for fire chief recommended to mayor

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By Randy Patrick

The city of Bardstown’s fire chief selection committee has interviewed candidates for the city’s next fire chief and forwarded its top three choices to Mayor Dick Heaton.

Heaton is expected to interview the finalists and make his choice from among them.

The process is the same that was used recently to hire Police Chief Kim Kraeszig.

The committee met Tuesday at City Hall behind closed doors.

“We did our interviews and submitted three names,” Greg Ashworth, the city’s human resources director, said Wednesday.

Ashworth said one of the candidates is “in house,” and the other two are from “surrounding counties.”

All three have administrative experience, as chief or battalion chief.

Ashworth said he was impressed with the final choices.

“I think we’ve got three good candidates,” he said.

Asked whether there would be any other administrative changes in the City of Bardstown Fire Department, Ashworth said that would be up to the new chief.

The mayor is hiring a successor to Chief Randy Walker, who left town in October with his wife, without an explanation to anyone in his department or city government. He just turned in his gear and left a note saying he was resigning effective immediately. Heaton and Ashworth have said no one had an issue with him.

Ashworth said he knows Walker returned to Florida, but doesn’t know whether he is working or retired. He said no one from City Hall had spoken with him.

Asst. Fire Chief Charles “Chuck” Montgomery has been the interim chief since Walker’s resignation.