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Story last updated at 9:09 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Four apply for Anchor Point chief position



By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer

With Benjamin Dean Maxon filling in temporarily, four candidates, including Maxon, have applied to become chief of the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area.

In a Friday meeting, Sue Wilcox of the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor's office met with members of the service area board to review the applicant's resumes and draft an interview schedule.

"We received six applications, two of which were not complete so they have been disqualified from further consideration," said Wilcox. "The (remaining) four applicants met all the criteria and have moved on into phase two."

The four applicants are Robert D. Johnson, Roberto E. Mathis, Jr., Maxon and James H. Price.

Johnson began his career in the fire service 26 years ago. Since 1991, he has served with the Moapa Valley Fire District, in Overton, Nev., and is currently a firefighter and EMT with the Clark County Fire Department in Las Vegas, Nev. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1985 until 1993, as a flight crew chief at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Mathis has more than 20 years combined volunteer and career fire service experience. He served as a volunteer firefighter-EMT, captain and chief of the Seward Fire Department. Mathis held firefighter positions with the Air National Guard in Anchorage and Portland, Ore., in Hermiston, Ore., and on the Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. Since 2007, he has been a firefighter-EMT with the U.S, Coast Guard Kodiak Fire and Emergency Services in Kodiak.

Maxon volunteered as Anchor Point's chief training officer from 1991-2001. Prior to that, he had more than 13 years experience in public and marine safety and security. His resume reflects almost seven years of active and reserve duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. Between 1991-2010, he was the senior public safety educator-consultant for Alaska Public Safety Consultants. More recently, he served as the regional director-coordinator for the National Public Safety Institute, Midwest Region.

Price has more than 20 years in emergency services, the last 14 with the Baker City Fire Department, Baker City, Ore. Prior to that, Price was a firefighter-paramedic with the fire department in Sutherlin, Ore., a cardiac technician-paramedic in Roseburg, Ore., and a volunteer firefighter-EMT in Battle Ground, Wash.

In January, Robert Craig retired as administrator of the Anchor Point service area and Maxon began his temporary assignment in April. Since Craig's retirement, the service area board, with cooperation of the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Inc., the nonprofit volunteer organization, voted to change the position from administrator to chief.

Under direction and supervision of the borough mayor, and with recommendations from the SAB, the chief is responsible for supervising and directing all fire department activities including fire, medical, rescue and hazardous material; budget development and implementation; and for personnel evaluations.

The SAB and Wilcox hope to complete interviews of the four applicants by May 27, with a job offer made to the respective candidate by June 1 and a start date of July 1. The interview team will include SAB chair Roberta Proctor, SAB member Darwin Haught, volunteers Robert Craig and Kayt Andrews, and Wilcox. Since Johnson, Mathis and Price live outside the Anchor Point area, they will be interviewed telephonically.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben. jackinsky@homernews.com.

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