Pendleton Fire & Ambulance has a new interim fire chief. Jim Critchley, who is the retired chief for the Tucson Fire Department in Arizona started work Monday. He’s taking over the interim title from Paul Berardi, who is heading home to Kansas City, Missouri.
City Manager Robb Corbett says it is possible that Critchley could become a candidate for a permanent chief, but that’s not his top priority at present.
“What I’m focused on is making sure that we provide stability in the department during this time,” Corbett said. “Chief Critchley certainly brings that with his years of experience.”
The Western Fire Chiefs Association is consulting with the city in the search for a permanent chief. It also supplied Pendleton with both Berardi and, when he decided to leave, Critchley.
Corbett said a search held recently for the permanent position resulted in no decision to hire a candidate. Now the city is getting ready to try again.
“Over the next several weeks, we’ll be soliciting for applicants and hope to get a good pool of candidates in the search for our next permanent fire chief,” Corbett said.