Smyrna posts job opening for fire chief
by Nikki Wiley
September 21, 2013 01:11 AM | 2682 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — The search for a fire chief in Smyrna is underway following the resignation of former Chief Jason Lanyon amid an internal investigation.

Lanyon had been employed by the Smyrna Fire Department since June 10, 1996. He became acting fire chief Feb. 2, 2004, and was promoted to fire chief in July of that year.

The city opened an investigation on Lanyon following “rumors” that city policies had been broken, City Administrator Eric Taylor previously said. He would not say what kind of policies were being investigated.

Smyrna posted the job opening Thursday and will accept applications until the posting closes Oct. 11, said Kay Bolick, the city’s human resources director.

“It will normally take for these type of key positions a minimum of eight to 10 weeks, but it could be longer,” Bolick said.

The city is seeking an individual with a bachelor’s degree and six years of experience. A master’s degree is preferred.

Bolick said the salary range for the new chief hasn’t been determined yet but Lanyon received about $88,600 annually.

In the meantime, Deputy Fire Chief Ron Acree has stepped up to serve as acting fire chief and acting emergency management agency director, a position Lanyon also held.

Acree has been with the city since October 1990 and was promoted to deputy fire chief in February 2009.
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