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Date:
January 30, 2007
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


MAYOR SUSPENDS PROCESS TO SELECT NEW FIRE CHIEF

Mayor Coleen J. Seng announced today that she is suspending any further action on the process to identify and interview candidates for the Fire Chief position.

Candidates for the position – Fire Chief Thomas Solberg of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Assistant Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing of Omaha – had been invited for interviews with Seng and the advisory group she had assembled. The interviews were arranged for Friday, February 2 in Lincoln. Monday, Solberg informed the City-County Personnel Department that he is withdrawing.

“I started this process last fall in a nonpolitical manner,” Seng said. “Now it has been politicized to the point that it cannot proceed any further. Therefore, the only reasonable course at this time is to suspend this search.” Seng said the applicant screening information compiled by the Personnel Department and Talent Plus will be available for the next Mayor.

Seng said she has instructed the Personnel Director to notify the remaining candidate that the interview scheduled for Friday will not be held and the advisory group will be disbanded.


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