Council names Thyer fire chief

By Susan Lynn
Iola Register – April 15, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 23, 2014

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Tim Thyer is Iola’s new fire chief, but it took a second vote by city council members to confirm it at their meeting Monday night.

Members first voted on whether to conduct a second interview with Thyer and another candidate, who was not named. The two had been winnowed from a field of four.

That vote was 4-to-4, with Mayor Joel Wicoff breaking the tie, voting against the motion.

A second motion then was made to confirm Thyer as chief. It passed by 6-to-2. Those in favor were Sandy Zornes, Nancy Ford, Don Becker, Bob Shaughnessy, Steve French and Beverly Franklin; against were Eugene Myrick and Jonathan Wells.

Thyer was promoted from deputy fire chief. He has been with the Iola force since 1987. He replaced Donald Leapheart, who retired in March.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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