After months of delays and more months spent in the selection process, the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District board has made an offer for a new fire chief.
On March 13, the board interviewed four finalists for the position and chose Christopher Truty, currently the deputy chief of Mount Prospect, Ill.
The district has been without a chief since last summer when its contract with Rob Denboski was terminated. Because of the district's finances and the subsequent decision to seek a mill-levy increase, hiring a new chief was put on hold until after the Nov. 6 General Election. The mill levy override passed and the board then went ahead with the district's chief search.
After winnowing through 43 applications, the search committee named five finalists on Feb. 14. One of these, Glenn Levy of Colorado Springs, pulled out of the running. The remaining four met with the Tri-Lakes community at a mixer on March 12. On March 13, they met individually with district staff in the morning and were interviewed individually that afternoon by board members. After the interviews, the board met in executive session talk things over. They made their decision in public session.
Truty has more than 30 years of experience in fire and emergency management services. He started out as a volunteer firefighter and has 17 years of experience as a paramedic and 30 years as an emergency management technician-B. He has advanced certifications in firefighting, hazardous materials operations, firefighter training and instruction and other applications. He also has a master's degree in Executive Fire Service and Disaster Leadership.
The Mount Prospect Fire Department serves 10 square miles and 55,000 people and has a staff of around 70 firefighters and support staff. For comparison, the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire District covers 68 square miles with a population of about 24,000 and has a staff of about 50.
Truty is a sitting member for the International Association of Fire Chief's Emergency Management Committee and its disaster response team.
When he will take up the reins for the district has yet to be determined.