Braintree officials will begin interviewing candidates, all of whom are internal, for the position of fire chief next week.
According to Peter Morin, chief of operations and staff, five candidates applied for the position and all five will be interviewed. Each of the five has already completed a written exercise that will help town officials come up with interview questions next week.
“At this point it’s one round of interviews. They’ve already done some screening,” Morin said.
Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he would be looking at internal candidates before deciding whether to invite outside candidates to apply for the position.
The search for a chief began when Chief Kevin Murphy announced in November that he will retire in January.
According to a press release sent out at the time, the chief’s last day is Jan. 12, and will conclude more than three decades of service - including the past three years as fire chief - for the department.
Although a chief may be selected from the current set of applicants, “it’s likely that the mayor will appoint an interim” chief after Murphy’s departure, Morin said.
Morin, Director of Human Resources Karen Shanley, and Town Solicitor Carolyn Murray will conduct interviews.
The exact schedule for the interviews hasn't been set.
“We’re trying to schedule the interviews for sometime next week, but at the same time we’re hiring for a chief financial coordinator that’s retiring on the same day, and I’m involved in both hiring process, so I’m going to be talking to a lot of people over the next two weeks,” Morin said. “I’m anticipating we will squeeze them in if not next week early in the week after. But we’ll try to get them in next week.”
Morin declined to give the names of the applicants, because they aren't yet finalists for the position, he said.