MTAS aids Cookeville in Fire Chief applicant process

COOKEVILLE – The city of Cookeville has retained the services of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) for the recruitment and selection of candidates for the position of Fire Chief.

MTAS managed the recruitment process, with 45 candidates from across the nation submitting applications. They also implemented an extensive evaluation system to rate each of the applicants. Through this process, six top rated candidates, which includes the top-rated internal applicant, were selected. These individuals will engage in an in-depth interview process over two days beginning Thursday, Nov. 4. The interview panel will include three experienced chiefs from Middle Tennessee Fire Departments.

“I am appreciative of the work the MTAS representatives have put into this process,” City Manager James Mills commented. “Applicants were from all across the United States, and we are pleased with the response received. HR Director Carl Sells will work closely with MTAS to schedule interviews and spend time with the top-rated candidates. Upon completion of the interview process, the best candidate will be selected, and I anticipate the position being filled before the end of the year.”

The position of Chief was left vacant with Chief Daryl Blair’s retirement in August 2021, at which time Captain Benton Young was appointed as Interim Chief.

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