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TWIN FALLS — The city has found a new fire chief.

City Manager Travis Rothweiler will recommend at Monday’s City Council meeting that the Council hire veteran firefighter Les Kenworthy to replace former Chief Tim Soule, who resigned in October after having been on administrative leave for weeks.

Kenworthy was raised in the Seattle area and became a firefighter in 1977. He most recently served as deputy chief of the Mercer Island Fire Department in Mercer Island, Wash., where he spent more than 37 years overseeing department operations, training divisions, and management of the Fire Marshal’s Office.

He was one of 32 applicants for the job, the city said on its website. A team of Council members, city firefighters and staff selected and interviewed finalists for the position.

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Kenworthy and his wife have been married for 36 years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren, the city said.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with community leaders in Twin Falls and I sensed a genuine desire from each person to deliver quality services to all residents,” Kenworthy said. “They are professional and supportive and work together as a team with surrounding communities. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with this team to develop visions and goals for the future.”

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