Interview process underway for Utica fire chief, assistant chief

The Municipal Civil Service Commission held a brief meeting Thursday morning at city hall

Posted: May 23, 2019 12:08 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The civil service scores are now in the mayor's hands, and Utica’s mayor and the committee he formed will now start interviewing the eligible candidates.

The scores are finally in city officials' hands, and a lot of anxious candidates have been waiting.

The Municipal Civil Service Commission held a brief meeting Thursday morning at city hall.

There are three eligible candidates on the chief list; five on the assistant chief list. All currently work for the department.

"The mayor put his committee together to help him look for a chief. And they're gonna confer and he's gonna lay out the qualities he wants in a chief and they're gonna pick a chief," said Marques Phillips, the chief of staff. "He wants integrity, he wants accountability and he wants competence."

Former Assistant Chief Fran Manfredo and former temporary chief, James Barefoot, are on that committee to advise the mayor.

The candidate names and test scores or placement will be made public Tuesday.

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