By Samantha Joseph
MARTIN COUNTY -- City officials are fielding inquiries from candidates interested in becoming the next fire chief to replace Lori Sunderman, who retires Nov. 30.
Paul Nicoletti, city manager, said he'd sent letters to about six potential candidates seeking information about the job.
"I'm taking my time as far as the appointment is concerned," he said.
During the recruitment, city officials will name Assistant Fire Chief David Dyal interim chief during a ceremony planned for Dec. 1.
Chief Sunderman, the city's first female chief, served as chief for seven years.
At 55, she has worked with the city for 22 years.
City officials published a help wanted ad on Sept. 21, seeking a candidate with at least a bachelor's degree in business management, public administration, fire science or a related major, plus 15 years of progressively responsible experience in fire service and emergency medical services.
The chief must have state-certification as a paramedic and firefighter.
"The process is still open and we are taking applications," Mr. Nicoletti said.
The ad lists the salary range as $75,000 to $120,000.
Chief Sunderman had a base salary of slightly more than $107,600.
During her time as chief, she clashed with the local fire fighters union 2411, helped reduce property insurance rates in the county by improving the area's fire safety rating and promoted education on fire safety and emergency preparedness.
Chief Sunderman was not available for comment at press time.