St. Paul Takes Steps in Finding New Fire Chief

January 13, 2018 07:20 PM

The city of St. Paul is looking to select a permanent fire chief after the department's head resigned in October.

Former Chief Tim Butler stepped down in October after being disciplined by city leaders for retaliating against an employee.


Matt Simpson took over as acting chief after Butler's resignation, however, his term lasted through January. On Jan. 5, Mayor Melvin Carter appointed department veteran Butch Inks as interim fire chief.

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"I'm extremely honored to have the opportunity to fill in as the interim fire chief," Inks said.

Inks said his goal as interim fire chief is to build relationships and bring the department together to "move in a positive direction."

The city council has started the selection process by authorizing the minimum qualifications required for candidates and created a selection committee.

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The qualifications that were in place for the fire chief have been changed slightly. Instead of allowing candidates to have an associate degree, they must now have a bachelor's degree. The city also requires candidates have three years of command experience and 13 years of experience in a fire department.

The committee set up by the city council is responsible fore looking at potential candidates. It is made up of community members, Chamber of Commerce members and city officials.


Todd Wilson

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