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Top 3 finalists named for Brainerd fire chief position

The top three finalists were named Monday for the full-time Brainerd fire chief position. Timothy Holmes, Jason Caughey and David Schliek were named by the Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission as the top three. Now it will be up to t...

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The top three finalists were named Monday for the full-time Brainerd fire chief position.

Timothy Holmes, Jason Caughey and David Schliek were named by the Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission as the top three. Now it will be up to the Brainerd City Council. The council will vote June 15 on who the next city fire chief will be.

The top three finalists were recommended by the interview panel the commission created. The interview panel ranked the six candidates by: 20 percent on their written test; 20 percent by their training and experience; and 60 percent on their interview.

Holmes was ranked No. 1 with a score of 80.167; Caughey was ranked No. 2 with 64.775; and Schliek was ranked No. 3 with 59.292.

In a letter dated Thursday to Kris Schubert, Brainerd's human resource coordinator, the panel said, "After interviews, discussion and careful consideration, the hiring panel unanimously recommends Timothy Holmes as our selection for the Brainerd fire chief. Mr. Holmes experience combined with his professionalism, leadership skills and passion for this position make him the most qualified candidate."

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Holmes, Nisswa, has been the Nisswa assistant fire chief with the Nisswa Fire Department since February of 1998.

His present employment is as a sergeant with the Nisswa Police Department. He's been with the police department since October of 1996. At the police department, he coordinates the Safe and Sober Program and other grant projects. In 2002, he became a member of the Crow Wing County Tactical Team. He's been a fire instructor with Fire Instruction and Rescue Education (FIRE) since July of 2012. He served as a Brainerd firefighter from 1994-97.

Caughey of Cheyenne, Wyo., has been the fire chief for the Laramie County Fire District No. 2 in Cheyenne, Wyo., since May of 2011. His previous work experience includes being an adjunct instructor at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming from 2012 to present; serving as a regional training manager at the Fire Service Training School in Montana from 2001-09; and he was the Gore Hill Rescue Fire Chief from 1999-2009.

Caughey attended Minnesota Moorhead State University for business administration in 1989-92; earned his associate's degree in fire science at Columbia Southern University and he currently is working on earning his bachelor's degree in fire science. He anticipates graduating this fall.

Schliek of Baxter has been a journeyman pipefitter for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters since July of 2002. Previous employment includes R W Management Group, Inc., where Schliek was interim fire chief for the city of Austin in 2010; Potlatch Corporation from 1979 through 2002; and the Crosslake Fire Chief from 1982-1994.

Schliek earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Concordia University-St. Paul in organization management; National Fire Academy from 2002-2007; and a master's of science degree from Grand Canyon University in 2007 in executive fire service leadership. He is on the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board and is president of the Cuyuna Range Fire Chief's Association.

There were 20 applicants for the position and eight finalists were named: Holmes, Caughey and Schliek, James Anderson of Little Falls is currently a health care facility fire inspector for the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division; Michael Bricault of Scotia, N.Y., is retired from the fire department in Albuquerque, N.M.; Jay Bohan, Andover, is the current fire inspector for St. Paul; John Schuldt of Crystal Lake, Ill., is the fire chief emergency manager for the Village of Carpentersville, Ill; and Mark Turner of Brainerd is the shift captain for the city of Brainerd.

Schuldt withdrew his application and Bricault didn't attend the interview, as he had a family emergency.

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The ranking of the other three finalists was: Turner was No. 4 with 52.217 points; Bohan, No. 5, 50.733 points; and Anderson, No. 6, 49.408 points.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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