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Six finalists selected for Janesville fire chief

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Ted Sullivan
Saturday, August 14, 2010
— Six finalists will contend to be the next Janesville fire chief, including three men currently with the department.

James Jensen, Janesville, Gerry Luiting, Janesville, Scott Morovits, Janesville, Brian Giachino, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David Peterson, Madison, and Lynn Washburn-Livingston, Rockford, Ill., were named as finalists.


The Janesville Police and Fire Commission will interview the candidates Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. The hiring process will include interviews, meeting with fire union leaders, meeting with management staff and a community tour.


The finalists were chosen among 47 applicants from 20 states and one foreign country. The position opened because Chief Larry Grorud is retiring at the end of the year.


ďI am pleased with the quality of the candidates and excited about meeting them during the interview process,Ē said Jose Carrillo, chairman of the commission.


The experience and education of the candidates includes the following:


n Jensen has been with the Janesville Fire Department since 1988. He currently is a deputy chief. He has a bachelorís degree from Upper Iowa University.


Jensen has acted as chief when Grorud has been gone. He stated in his resume that he was the most qualified person to manage the department.


He listed his passion and commitment to the department as reasons to be chief. Jensen stated he was eager to bring his leadership, vision, knowledge and skills to the department.


n Luiting has been with the Janesville Fire Department for 31 years. He also is a deputy chief. He has a bachelorís degree from Southern Illinois University.


Luiting stated in his resume that he has helped the department improve training, equipment and procedures. He stated he also has the educational background and experience for the job.


He also has held leadership positions with the Rock Aqua Jays and National Show Ski Association.


n Morovits has been with the Janesville Fire Department for 23 years, and heís currently a shift commander. He has a bachelorís degree and masterís degree from UW-Whitewater.


Morovits stated in his resume that he is a true leader, good communicator and extremely dedicated to Janesville residents. He listed his experience and education as reasons to be chief.


Morovits also stated his extensive experience as an instructor and union president were qualifications to be chief.


n Giachino has been with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department since 1991. He currently is district chief. He has a bachelorís degree from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., and a masterís degree from University of Northern Iowa.


Giachino states in his resume that he has the work ethic and character to be chief. He also listed his experience, leadership and vision.


He stated he could help make Janesville a safer place to live, work and visit. He stated he also has a strong understanding of public affairs and policy.


n Peterson has been with the Madison Fire Department since 1990, currently working as a lieutenant. He also worked at the Janesville Fire Department from 1980 to 1988. He has a bachelorís degree from Southern Illinois University and is currently studying for a masterís degree from Grand Canyon University.


He stated on his resume that he has character, ethics and morals. He also listed passion, integrity and vision.


He stated his experience and leadership skills in management were among his strengths. He also stated he has the ability to lead people to the community goals of inclusion, sustainability and fiscal responsibility.


n Washburn-Livingston has been with the Rockford Fire Department since 1981, currently working as district chief. She has a bachelorís degree from UW-Platteville.


Washburn-Livingston stated in her resume that experience and education are her qualifications to be chief. She stated she would be a valuable asset to the community and fire department.


She also lists her ability to manage a diverse department in a diverse community among her strengths.


Last updated: 2:43 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012


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