Update 9 a.m. Thursday from Woodinville Fire:
Regarding the permanent replacement, that is a big part of what Interim Chief Risen will begin looking at. It will include what type of process will best match the goals of the Board for the future.
Chief Risen will remain an employee of Bellevue Fire and be paid his current salary. The contract between Woodinville Fire and the City of Bellevue is to pay Bellevue the cost of Chief Risen's salary and benefits.
The Board of Fire Commissioners for Woodinville Fire & Rescue has selected another interim chief for the Fire District. Mark Risen was named as the interim chief at a special meeting Dec. 5.
Risen is currently a deputy fire chief for Bellevue Fire Department and has been with the department since 1983, according to his Facebook page. Woodinville Fire & Rescue has entered into a contract with the City of Bellevue which allows Risen to serve as interim chief in Woodinville for a period of six months. Risen will begin his assignment on Monday, Dec. 17.
The Woodinville Fire chief’s seat became vacant when then chief I. David Daniels and the district entered into a . Daniels’ 19-month tenure in Woodinville was rocky almost from the start, culminating in July 2011 when International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2950 announced a unanimous vote of no confidence in the chief.
Mark Chubb was chosen as interim fire chief of Woodinville Fire & Rescue in August 2011, but he told the board of commissioners in February that he did not want the job permanently. He said at the time that it became clear as interim chief that the District’s fire commissioners and employees faced some very difficult decisions and that he had not succeeded in bringing these issues into sharp focus or bringing everyone together to address them constructively.