Public invited to meet fire chief candidates

The city has narrowed its search for a new fire chief to four finalists.

April 11, 2019

(DeLand, FL) – The city has narrowed its search for a new fire chief to four finalists.

 With the assistance of Strategic Government Resources, the city conducted a nationwide search for a fire chief. A total of 45 candidates applied. A selection committee narrowed that list down to four finalists:


-          Allen Baldwin (Resume and questionnaire)

-          Ira "David" Daniels (Resume and questionnaire)

-          Manuel Fonseca (Resume and questionnaire)

-          Daniel Hanes (Resume and questionnaire)

 The selection committee consists of City Manager Michael Pleus; Police Chief Jason Umberger; Public Works Director Demetris Pressley; Orange City Fire Chief Ronnie Long; David McAllister, Assistant Chair of Fire Science at Daytona State College; Bill Anderson, CEO of the Alliance Community; Fred McIntyre, Resident and CERT Leader, and the Rev. Will Ridgley Jr., Pastor of St. Annis Primitive Baptist Church. The committee will interview the four candidates Tuesday and Wednesday March 6 and 7.

 A public meet and greet will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Sanborn Center, 815 S. Alabama Avenue. The candidates will give introductions and then residents will be able to meet with the candidates individually.

 Current Fire Chief John McDaniel, who served for more than 30 years of combined years with the fire department, announced his intent to retire. He will remain in his position until the new fire chief is hired.


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