It's down to four finalists for Omaha's new fire chief.
All of the final four candidates are veterans with the fire department, including Interim Chief Bernie Kanger. They were chosen from a field of 15 candidates.
The search for a new chief is projected to cost $182,000.
FROM CITY OF OMAHA RELEASE:
Fifteen candidates initially applied for the position, nine passed the preliminary training and experience test and were invited to the second phase of testing, which consisted of a structured interview and an oral presentation. The testing was coordinated by an outside contractor, IO Solutions and graded by a panel of fire chiefs serving in other cities.
From this testing, four finalists have been identified and their names have been forwarded to Mayor Jean Stothert. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are Assistant Omaha Fire Chief Steve Ausdemore, Assistant Omaha Fire Chief Shane Hunter, Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger and retired Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Joseph Mancuso.
Assistant Chief Ausdemore was hired in 1991. He has worked as a Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2010.
Assistant Chief Hunter was hired in 1997. He has worked as a Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2012.
Interim Chief Kanger was hired in 1991. He has worked as a Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and was named interim Chief by Mayor Stothert in August.
Joseph Mancuso retired from the Omaha Fire Department in March 2013. He was hired in 1992 and worked as a Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Captain and retired at the rank of Battalion Fire Chief.
In order to be considered for the job, Mancuso will be required to and has agreed that if selected, he will pay back all pension payments and other benefits received as a result of his retirement.