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.