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TWIN FALLS — A selection committee for the city of Twin Falls has narrowed a pool of 32 candidates down to six finalists vying to be the next fire chief.

Applicants represented 17 states and were all from outside the Magic Valley. The selection team included firefighters, Council members and city staff.

Ten candidates were interviewed in December via video conference. The six finalists will begin in-person interviews for the formal selection process beginning next week.

The candidates are:

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  • Steve Standridge — South Metro Fire Department, Denver, Colo.
  • Frank Poyner — Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Steve Donahue — Caldwell Fire Department
  • Les Kenworthy — Mercer Island Fire Department, Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Joe Grainger — Stafford County Virginia Fire and Rescue
  • Michael Callahan — Chicago Fire Department

City Manager Travis Rothweiler previously told the Times-News he hoped to have the new chief sworn in by March or April. That person will replace former Chief Tim Soule, who resigned in October after having been on administrative leave for weeks.

The city has not disclosed why Soule was placed on administrative leave. He’d been in the job for only a year.


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