Oakley Applicants to Interview for ECCFPD Board

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It appears that the City of Oakley and ECCFPD will be in good hand when Pat Anderson and Jim Frazier drop off the ECCFPD Board shortly as a group of well qualified individuals will be interviewed at the next City Council Meeting.  With 9 applicants having applied, the list has been narrowed down to 5.

The five finalist include

  • Meghan Bell – Executive Assistant to VP
  • Kevin Bouillon – Fire Captain, Travis Air Force Base
  • Alan Hartford – Battalion Chief at CONFIRE
  • Ronald Johansen – Firefighter now Fire and EMS Teacher at Las Positas College
  • Jonathan Michaelson – Firefighter at San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

Those not making the cut

  • Randi Alder who is also running for Oakley City Council
  • Richard DuMont – retired police officer
  • Rolonda (Londie)  Marie Phillips – Designer, Author, Property Manager
  • Charlie Sparks – Firefighter at Chevron in Richmond

It is estimated that each interview will be 15-20 minutes long where the five finalists will be placed in a nearby conference room and will be called into the council chambers for the interview. At the end of the interview process, the council will have the opportunity to select three appointments.

I say kudos to the City of Oakley and the staff for making this a smooth transition unlike the fiasco Brentwood has created. Oakley also appears to have no problem with firefighters on the Board unlike Brentwood Councilman Robert Brockman who made the statement he had concerns with union and firefighters on the Board.

Brentwood mayoral candidate Steve Barr also requested I question Oakley on their process and whether it would be out in the open. Mr. Barr, I say you have your answer as everything has been in the open while Brentwood continues to be wishy-washy with its process.

Ultimately, I am excited to see each of these well qualified candidates be interviewed as they appear to have strong backgrounds and experience that could really help the district in areas that may have not been the focus of the current board from an operational standpoint.  However, it still does not excuse the elephant in the room which is a lack of revenue.

Unfortunately, thanks to Brentwood, the ECCFPD board will be stuck waiting around for a few months on real actions as the Brentwood crowd holds up the process twiddling their thumbs so they can see which councilmembers lose their seats in November. Then they will likely make the appointments in early 2013.

You can view all the resumes and applications by viewing the staff report.


9 COMMENTS

  1. Nice to see Oakley being fair about the process as Brentwood’s comments from their meeting was playing favorites while tainted the process. Good job Oakley on promoting a fair appointment process as we in Brentwood still have no idea if it will be 2 or 3 appointments and how the process will work.

  2. I am of the opinion that anyone on city council or a mayor should not be on the board. I’d still prefer an election but not at that cost. This is a positive move and the resumes are pretty impressive in the staff report.

  3. Hey what the????? The City of Oakley made personal information available to the public?? Don’t know about the rest of the people, I have a problem with the city releasing our home address and phone numbers. How come that information wasn’t removed????

      • True, the application is part of the public record but the personal information should have been removed. the public does not have the right or need to know our home address, cell number or email. And the phone numbers and personal information for the references should have also been removed. How many other people that have been appointed to commissions and have had their personal information made available by the City?? their work history with phone numbers? References with phone numbers? And I bet that most of the applicants have their personal information protected as allowed by CA State Law?? there is a reason that information is protected due to the people they are forced to deal with day to day

  4. Solid applicants, the release of personal information such as contact information is a bit much at this point since they are only applicants and not appointments.

  5. Burkforoakley: “…of course the application and it’s (sic) info will be made public”

    This statement has the familiar ring of someone who knows better than the rest of us, but it is (of course) incorrect. Home addresses and phone numbers should not be made public and are typically redacted from pubic view.

    And anyone that thinks Barr’s question about transparency has been answered must have information that isn’t contained on this website such as who decided who made the cut and how that decision was made. Was it made as a result of public discussion or behind closed doors?

    • @Planner:

      My understand is after the close of the application, the city/council ranked each of the candidates and decided that the top 5 would get an interview. I verified this process with Mr. Montgomery after Steve Barr asked the question in the name of fairness since I did question Brentwood. Once the top 5 was picked, it was to be vetted out during a city council meeting with a final decision. I believe by law, anyone can request the rankings once the appointments are completed.

      At this time, I do not know who, aside from the council, ranked candidates from within the City. Your guess is as good as mine. But I will find out.

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