Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed former Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief, Frank Wright, as Interim Fire and Rescue Chief. Chief Wright will serve for approximately three months as the City completes the recruitment and hiring process for a permanent Chief.
The City has hired the recruiting firm, GovHR USA of Northbrook, IL, to manage the national recruitment process which will include the following:
- Position assessment and public input
- Advertising and candidate recruitment
- Candidate evaluation and screening
The public input will consist of gathering feedback about the desired experience and traits of the next Chief from the following groups:
- Winchester Fire and Rescue career personnel
- Leadership of the city’s four volunteer companies
- Local residents, businesses and organizations
This format is a similar process that the City utilized to hire Winchester Police Chief John Piper. Specific dates for input sessions will be released soon.
Chief Wright served 30 years with the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) rising through the ranks from a career firefighter to chief. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter at Shawnee Fire Company in 1972. He was hired by the City in 1974 as a dispatcher and as a career firefighter in 1975. Chief Wright retired from the WFRD in 2010 and served as Interim Fire Chief from February 23, 2013 when Chief Scott Cullers retired and until Chief Baldwin was hired in June 2013.
“We are very fortunate that Chief Wright has agreed to return to the City in this interim capacity,” stated City Manager Eden Freeman. “His vast knowledge and experience with the department will be beneficial in maintaining current services during the comprehensive recruitment process.”