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The Sedona Fire District is looking for a few good men and women to apply for a vacancy it hopes to fill in the next two months. Last week, SFD Governing Board Treasurer Corrie Cooperman announced that she will be resigning from the board to move to Tucson with her husband.

She said she will stay on the board until Feb. 28, unless her position is filled prior to that date. Her term ends November 2018 but the person who fills her spot would have the opportunity to run for a four-year term. Filling a vacancy has been fairly common for the board over the last two years.

 

In 2015, Scott Jablow stepped down to run for Sedona City Council and was replaced by David Soto. Nazih Hazime stepped down to focus more on his duties as chief of the Verde Valley Fire District in 2015 and was replaced by Tim Ernster.

And Diane Schoen moved from Sedona and was replaced by Abe Koniarsky in 2016. “We look for someone who wants to serve their community,” SFD Board Chairman Ty Montgomery said. “Someone who is level-headed and able to make well-reasoned decisions. A specific background is not as important — diversity in the background of the board members is a significant strength as it brings a wealth of knowledge.”

Board members receive no financial benefits. Meetings, which normally begin at 4:30 p.m., are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at Station No. 1 in West Sedona. Additional workshops and meetings may be held as needed, but particularly during the annual budget preparation process.

As a member of the board, duties include, but are not limited to: Attendance at meetings, review and approval of fire board policies, working with SFD staff in the preparation and approval of the annual budget, annual evalua- tion of the fire chief, and working as a team with the fire chief, SFD staff and community members in the best interests of the fire district.

Interested residents must be registered voters living within the Sedona Fire District boundaries. This includes West Sedona, Uptown, Village of Oak Creek, Chapel area, Oak Creek Canyon and Red Rock Loop area. Applicants also must provide a resume and include written answers to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be a member of the Sedona Fire Board?
  • What are your goals and objectives for the Sedona Fire District?
  • What do you, specifically, have to offer to Sedona Fire District as a member of the Fire Board?

Additional consideration may be given to individuals with past local government experience, proven understanding of Arizona Open Meeting and public record laws, budgeting and financing experience in special taxing districts, prior board experience with other special taxing districts, background and understanding of fire and life safety and emergency medical services, availability of time and willingness to participate, length of residency in Sedona Fire District, absence of known conflicts of interest and related concerns.

Resumes and answers must be received by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Everything must be addressed to Recording Clerk Tricia Greer. Mailed applica- tions can be sent to 2860 Southwest Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336. Faxes sent to 282-6857 or by email at tgreer@ sedonafire.org. The board will individually interview applicants after 3:30 p.m. on the following tentatively scheduled dates: Jan. 29, 30 and 31 depending on number of applicants selected. For more information about this position, contact the Sedona Fire District at 282-6800.

Ron Eland can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 122 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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