Creesy retiring; meet the 5 San Juan Island Fire Chief candidates Sept. 16 Featured

After more than 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 take place from from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, September 16 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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