Fire Chief Position

This is a notice for the interview process for the open position for Fire Chief for the City of Mount Dora.

 The following individuals are candidates for the position of Fire Chief for the City of Mount Dora.  
  • Daniel Spillman, Monticello, FL - Deputy Chief Pasco County, retired
  • David Casey, Baton Rouge, LA - Director, LSU Fire and Emergency Training, former Fire Chief, Clay County
  • Misty Morningstar-Twiss, Leesburg, FL - Captain-Administrative Operations, The Villages, former Lieutenant/Inspector/Investigator, City of Leesburg Fire Department
  • William Burns, Sarasota, FL - Former Assistant Fire Chief, Brevard County
  • Timmons Griner, Mount Dora, FL - Acting Fire Chief, City of Mount Dora, former Deputy Fire Chief, City of Mount Dora, former District Chief, City of Orlando
  • Dale Deleacaes, Temple Terrace, FL - Division Chief of Risk Reduction, Temple Terrace, FL, former Deputy Fire Chief, Hardee County Fire Rescue.
  • Corey Landry, Dover, NH - Chief, Durham Fire Department, Former Division Chief of Operations, Durham, NH, former Deputy Fire Chief, North Hampton, NH
The interviews will be conducted starting on May 31, 2017 and concluding on June 2, 2017.  A panel of experts consisting of city officials and public safety professionials will be led by Bruce Moeller with the consulting firm Fitch and Associates.  The panel will consist of:

  • Panel Chair - Bruce Moeller, Senior Consultant at Fitch & Associates, Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida, Principal at Juncture Group, Inc., former Chief of Staff/Assistant County Administrator, Pinellas County Government, former City Manager, City of Sunrise, FL, former Fire Chief, Sunrise Fire Rescue, and Director/Fire Chief, Broward County, FL
  • Lars White - Fire Chief, Emergency Management Director, City of Oviedo, FL
  • James E. White - EFO, CFO, MIFireE, Director/Fire Chief, City of Winter Park Fire Rescue
  • Robin Hayes - City Manager, City of Mount Dora
  • John O'Grady - Director, Chief of Police, City of Mount Dora
  • Ken Bloom - Director, Human Resources/Risk Management, City of Mount Dora

The process of selection is objective.  Interviews will not be open to the public.



 I.         JOB OBJECTIVES (Purposes of the position.):

 Performs professional administrative and managerial work directing the Mount Dora Fire Department which performs fire prevention inspections and education, construction plan review, fire suppression, and pre-hospital emergency medical services.  An employee in this classification is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Manager of the City of Mount Dora.  Major functions are to provide counsel and administrative leadership to and for the City Manager in all matters of public safety pertaining to fire protection and emergency medical services in an office setting.  Employee may be exposed to outdoor hazards and possible personal injury during instances when assuming command of emergency scenes. 

II.            ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Functions essential to attaining job objectives.): 
Plans, assigns, and coordinates activities performed by a large group of employees, engages in varied emergency situation abatement; may assume command of any emergency operation warranting personal direction.
Provides executive leadership and administrative assistance to ensure that Mount Dora continues to operate a professional, cost-effective fire department; coordinates the functions and operation of the Department in a manner consistent with the City Policy.
Ensure proper compilation, submission and execution of operating and capital budgets for fiscal operations.
Governs the research, development, implementation, and maintenance of programs and procedures causing efficient and orderly utilization of human and material resources.
Supervises the planning, organization and control of Fire Department Policy.
Leads in setting departmental goals and objectives.
Delegates authority and responsibility to subordinates for goal achievement and accountability.
Supervises services to ensure proper investigation of fires, false alarms, bomb threats, and Department internal misconduct.
Ensures the preparation and presentation of incendiary fire cases and other fire-related crimes to the State Attorney for prosecution.
Conducts sufficient Fire Department Staff Meetings to ensure proper coordination and meeting of Departmental needs; attends City Council meetings as directed.
Oversees Fire Department facilities to observe their condition. Promotes participatory management principles.
Assists with the coordination of the City of Mount Dora Disaster Preparedness Program.
Performs other related duties as required.

  III.          NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Marginal tasks performed by incumbent of this position)
Clerical skills and office procedures.
Must be able to operate a variety of office machines and equipment including computers, copiers, telephones, calculator, etc.

  IV.       CRITICAL SKILLS/EXPERTISE (Needed for this job specifically.):
Knowledge of fire prevention, public education, construction plan review, fire suppression and pre-hospital emergency medical services.
Knowledge of goal achievement techniques and the government process.
Knowledge of emergency preparedness procedures.
Skill  in negotiating and resolving policy conflicts
Skill in public speaking
Ability to plan, assign and appraise the work of subordinates.
Ability to prepare and administer a departmental budget.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Department Heads in Mount Dora and other government agencies.
Ability to detect errors and edit written material.
Ability to make life and death decisions under extremely stressful emergency conditions.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Bachelors degree in Public or Business Administration, Fire Technology, or related field and seven (7) to ten (10) years of administrative management experience in a fire service agency, preferable in fire administration; or an equivalent combination of related training and experience.  


Possess a Florida Firefighters Certificate as prescribed by the Florida State Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.
Valid Florida Class D driver license with E endorsement. 
Current BLS level CPR certification
Maintain current EMT I Certification

Requires good physical condition and stamina to work for long periods of time.
Work is performed under stressful conditions both inside and outside in all weather conditions. Workers are frequently subjected to dangerous situations where personal injury could occur, such as extreme heat, toxic atmospheres, extreme cold, falling debris and communicable diseases. Worker will drive emergency fire apparatus in heavy or congested traffic, inclement weather, on all types of road surfaces, both day and night.
(Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)