Meet and Greet the Candidates for Fire Dept Chief Position

Posted September 8, 2018 at 6:20 am by

From Jamie Mount­ford PIO SJIFD…

After over 35 years with the depart­ment, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy is retir­ing at the end of Octo­ber. The com­mu­ni­ty is invit­ed to an evening recep­tion to meet the five final­ists being con­sid­ered for the posi­tion. This infor­mal meet and greet oppor­tu­ni­ty will be Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 16 from 5–7 P.M. at the Fri­day Har­bor Suites,  680 Spring Street.

The five can­di­dates are:

Norvin Collins has been Fire Chief for the Sauvie Island Fire Dis­trict, Port­land, Ore­gon, since 2010. He served Tualatin Val­ley Fire & Res­cue, Tigard, Ore­gon, from 1994–2013, his last posi­tion there being Divi­sion Chief/Paramedic. Ear­li­er in his career, he was also a vol­un­teer firefighter/EMT for Lane Rur­al Fire Dis­trict #1 in Ore­gon. Mr. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Ser­vice Admin­is­tra­tion from East­ern Ore­gon Uni­ver­si­ty, a master’s degree in Psy­chol­o­gy from Capel­la Uni­ver­si­ty, and he is also a grad­u­ate of the Nation­al Fire Acad­e­my’s Exec­u­tive Fire Offi­cer Program.

Tim­o­thy Lemon has 38 years of fire ser­vice expe­ri­ence from three dif­fer­ent fire depart­ments in Wash­ing­ton. He has served as Fire Chief for Chelan Coun­ty Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict 7 since 2009. Pri­or to that, he was Fire Chief for King Coun­ty Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict 43 from 1995–2009, and he was Assis­tant Fire Chief of Operations/Training for Pierce Coun­ty Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict 16. Mr. Lemon has also been a fire ser­vice instruc­tor for the Wash­ing­ton State Fire Acad­e­my. He has done course­work in Fire Admin­is­tra­tion at Taco­ma Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege, Pierce Col­lege, and Belle­vue Com­mu­ni­ty College.

Noel Monin has served the San Juan Island Fire Depart­ment for over 21 years, begin­ning as a vol­un­teer fire­fight­er, and pro­gress­ing through the ranks from career fire­fight­er, through Lieu­tenant and Cap­tain, to his cur­rent posi­tion as Assis­tant Fire Chief. Ear­li­er in his career, he was a Forestry Technician/seasonal wild­land fire­fight­er for the US For­est Ser­vice. Mr. Monin has been a mem­ber of the Fri­day Har­bor Town Coun­cil since 2009. He has an asso­ciate degree in Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Phoenix.

Ter­rence “Ter­ry” Ney has been the Fire Chief for Lane Fire Author­i­ty in Ore­gon since 2010. His fire ser­vice expe­ri­ence began in 1979 as a vol­un­teer for the Glen­dale Rur­al Fire Dis­trict in Ore­gon. Since then, he has served a num­ber of Ore­gon fire dis­tricts, includ­ing Sheri­dan Fire Dis­trict where he was Fire Chief, Hood­land Fire Dis­trict where he was a Senior Fire­fight­er, and while he was a Paramedic/Field Super­vi­sor from 1990–2000, he was also a vol­un­teer Lieu­tenant for the Colton Fire Dis­trict. Mr. Ney has an asso­ciate degree in Emer­gency Med­ical Tech­nol­o­gy from Umpqua Com­mu­ni­ty College.

Cur­tis Wal­lace has served Savan­nah Fire & Emer­gency Ser­vices in Geor­gia since 1997, where he start­ed as a fire­fight­er and pro­gressed through the ranks of Cap­tain and Bat­tal­ion Chief to his cur­rent posi­tion of Assis­tant Fire Chief.  Ear­li­er in his career, he was an Emer­gency Med­ical Tech­ni­cian for an ambu­lance ser­vice. Mr. Wal­lace has an asso­ciate degree in Fire Sci­ence and a bachelor’s degree in Occu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty & Health, both from Colum­bia South­ern University.

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  1. I’m not say­ing these oth­er can­di­dates are not qual­i­fied. They may very well be. How­ev­er, Noel Monin has been on the island for quite some time. Between you, me, and the fire hydrant, mov­ing and adjust­ing to liv­ing on San Juan island isn’t quite as sim­ple as one might think. I say go with Monin. Liv­ing on San Juan Island isn’t as sim­ple as one might think.

    Comment by Miles Crossen on September 8, 2018 at 12:25 pm

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