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TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls won't have a new fire chief by the end of the year, but the city has gotten "considerable interest" from applicants, City Manager Travis Rothweiler said.

The city begins reviewing applications Friday, he said. A selection committee will do a first-round of interviews — typically via Skype — in mid-December. It will then select an appropriate number of finalists for consideration. Rothweiler will present a final candidate for confirmation by the City Council.

The city has received 16 applications from candidates living in states from California to Florida. As of Thursday, the city had received no applications from people within the department.

"We're going to work expeditiously to get through the process," he said.

The city had been accepting applications throughout November. Rothweiler said a new chief should be selected in early 2018.

The new chief will replace Tim Soule, who resigned in October, weeks after he'd been placed on administrative leave. Soule was sworn in a year before, and made an annual salary of $123,188.

The fire department's three battalion chiefs have been sharing the leadership role since the beginning of Soule's absence.

A complete application, list of qualifications and compensation and benefits is available on the city's website at tfid.org.

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