Fire Board Rises From The Ashes

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by Adam Klawonn
roundup reporter intern
The Mesa del Caballo Fire Department Board found new life Monday after the resignation of all three board members announced last week that they planned to resign.


Board member Ed Blose, who had planned to resign effective Dec. 31, changed his mind after members of the Mesa del community approached him Thursday and asked him to stay on the board.


Although he has no authority as a one-man board, Blose decided to remain on the board until the next election.


The county can hold a special mid-term election or a regular election in November. If the county waits until November, Blose's term will expire and all three seats will be up for re-election.


In the meantime, Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen plans to appoint an outside administrator within the month to oversee the fire department.


"Hopefully, (Christensen) can keep this administration here and hold off this political mess until the November elections," Blose said.


He added that he would like to see someone with strong leadership skills come in and keep the district intact.


Christensen began scheduling interviews for the position today (Tuesday). He also plans to meet with the county attorney and county finance director to schedule an audit of the fire department's financial records.


An audit is standard procedure when a fire board changes administration, Christensen said. It is used to give the next administrators an idea of where they stand financially, he said.


"We don't have a lot of time to be messing around with the audits," he said. "We'll get to the bottom of it quickly."


The results of the audit will be finalized next week. In the meantime, Christensen said he will hammer out the specific job requirements for the administrator position. He said that salary is a primary concern.


"One question is, can we get the person we really want with our meager funds," he said. "The other is that he or she needs to have administrative experience, as well as the ability to get down to the basics of what the department should provide."

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