One task facing Sam Rose, the mayor of Rocky Ridge, isn’t something the mayor says he isn’t looking forward to, but the search for a new fire chief for the Ottawa County village has begun.
The village is accepting applications for the position long held by Raymond Brown, who is stepping down.
“He’s been a firefighter for more than 50 years,” Rose said, adding Brown has submitted his resignation to him. “That’s a tough role to fill – a volunteer fire chief with all the responsibility. It’s a hard role to fill. We serve a region here and we’re a back-up for the Portage Fire District.”
The mayor said Brown has been having health problems.
Brown is also a member of village council.
An advertisement by the village calls for applicants to submit resumes to the mayor by 5 p.m. on July 28 at the village administration building, 14570 Kania Drive, P.O. Box 218, Rocky Ridge, O. 43458.
“We need a candidate who can lead the men,” Rose said. “We’re in close communication with the Portage district and Chief (Mike) Almendinger assured our region full coverage. There will be no lapse in emergency service for anyone.
”I think the most viable attribute for the position is a willingness to serve and an ability to lead and communicate with the village government.”
Brown’s son, Randy, is the acting chief, he said.
Brown was last elected to council in 2011 as an incumbent.
The fire department is supported by a 5-mill property tax levy.
Rose said the village will seek a renewal of the levy on the November ballot.