Mark Klose is retiring Thursday after a 30-year career in the fire service, serving as the city’s fire chief for the last four years. Perry Plummer, one of the most well-known leaders in the field locally and in the state, has been tapped as interim chief. Rochester leaders are continuing to search for a permanent replacement.
When Klose announced his retirement earlier this year, the city hired Municipal Resources Inc. to conduct the application and hiring process. MRI reviewed the applications, vetted the candidates and brought three candidate recommendations to the city. According to City Manager Blaine Cox, two of the candidates withdrew their applications and the city is continuing the search to produce a competitive talent pool of candidates.
“After that I kind of put the search on hold,” Cox said. “We’re going to try to regroup in the next month or two, and figure out what we’re going to do. We want to find the best candidate for the city, so we want to take time to do it right.”