City of Waco to hire first black fire chief

Posted at 12:10 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 16:08:00-04

On Wednesday, the City of Waco Manager announced the sole finalist for the Fire Chief position.

Bobby Tatum Jr. would be the city's first black fire chief, according to city of Waco spokesman Larry Holze,

Tatum was chosen from a pool of 76 candidates.Once the pool of candidates was narrowed down, two selection committees conducted separate interviews with the four finalists. Both selection committees picked Tatum as the finalist.

“I am excited to recommend Bobby to the City Council for consideration as our next Fire Chief and am looking forward to introducing him to them at our next meeting. The interview panels were impressed with his experience and enthusiasm and I believe that he will bring outstanding leadership to this important position," said City Manager Dale Fisseler. 

Tatum has more than 30 years of fire service experience and currently serves as the Deputy Chief/ Bureau of Fire Prevention for the City of Fort Worth.

The city council has to confirm Tatum's appointment during the April 19 city council meeting.

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