Brookfield trustees on June 26 released the names of the six candidates for fire chief who will undergo assessment center testing.
Two full-time Brookfield firefighters, Capt. Matt Gordon and Lt. Nick Cresanto, are on the list. Also chosen were: Dennis Johnson of Hubbard; Stephen Langstaff of Springfield, Ohio; David Masirovits of Ladson, S.C.; and David Shook of Painesville.
The assessment center testing is a series of written and oral questions designed to measure each candidate’s ability in scene response and department management and administration. The testing will be held June 30 at the fire station on Route 7, and is expected to last several hours, said Trustee Dan Suttles.
Each candidate’s performance will be graded by the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, which is helping the trustees with the selection process, and the association will prepare a report about each candidate and rank them, Suttles said.
After the trustees receive the reports, they will decide which candidates to interview.
“We can choose to interview any amount of them,” Suttles said.
The interviews tentatively are set to be held the week of July 23 and, if the timeline provided by the fire chiefs is adhered to, the trustees could be in a position to hire a chief the first week of August.
Eighteen people applied for the position of fire chief, which has been open since December, when Keith Barrett retired.