Port Townsend: Fire chief finalists to tour city, meet public this week

PORT TOWNSEND — The four finalists to be Port Townsend’s next fire chief arrive in town tonight for three days of meetings in the community.

A public forum will be held Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 540 Water St., for citizens to meet the candidates.

The finalists are John M. Grier of Iowa City, Iowa; Michael Mingee of Cathedral City, Calif.; Ruth Obadal of Eugene, Ore.; and Keith Yamane of Vashon Island.

Each candidate is highly qualified for the position, City Manager David Timmons said Friday.

The position pays about $70,000 annually, depending on experience, he said.

All of the candidates would be staying around their current pay levels, or taking a slight cut to work in Port Townsend, they said.

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