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Carrollton City Council approved a plan Monday night for interim management of the fire department that includes hiring the former chief and the assistant chief as seasonal employees.
Under the plan developed by former Fire Chief Greg Beck and Assistant Chief Mike Terrell, the department will have a daily officer in charge. Beck, Terrell and other senior officers of the department will cover the daily activities. Beck will not be able to work days because his new position with a Northern Kentucky fire department requires that he train during that time for the first four weeks.
Beck will work part-time at his rate of pay he received as chief, without benefits, working 24-32 hours per week until a new chief is appointed. Terrell will receive eight hours of volunteer incentive credit for each day he works and will be available at the fire station.
Mayor Gene McMurry asked council to approve the plan.
Councilman Mike Gordon asked about benefits, noting that the part-time workers under the city’s handbook would receive them. But McMurry said Beck and Terrell would be considered seasonal employees, who have no benefits.
“It makes it a lot simplier,” McMurry said.
Gordon said he could support the seasonal option and council approved the plan.
McMurry said the advertisement for a new full-time fire chief will be running in the newspapers for the next two weeks. He said he hopes to have the position filled in about six weeks.
“But we don’t know,” he said.