The Liberty Township Board of Trustees appointed Ethan Klussman as Fire Chief last September making him the 2nd full-time Fire Chief in Liberty Township's history. He succeeded Chief Paul Stumpf who served the community for 45 years. With Chief Klussman's appointment came direction by the Board to evaluate the department and bring ideas related to building leadership and developing an organizational structure for the future of the Liberty Township Fire Department (LTFD).
Chief Klussman has spent his first six months learning about the community, getting to know the members of the department, and evaluating the needs in order to best serve the Township's residents and businesses. His work has culminated in the rollout of a new organizational structure which adds a new level of leadership to the department and establishes a path to develop future leaders and help with succession planning. The LTFD will go from nine line officers and an administrative captain to nine line officers and three command staff positions. Chief Klussman will begin advertising for three Battalion Chief positions this week. Both internal and external candidate will be considered. Upon completion of the Battalion Chief process, Chief Klussman will look internally to fill the vacant line officer positions. Two personnel will be added in total bringing the LTFD to 38 full-time members from the current 36 positions.
"As a Board, we asked Chief Klussman to utilize his expertise and his experience working in a growing community to develop a future path for the Liberty Township Fire Department. We're pleased with the initiative and commitment to excellence that he's exhibited to ensure we continue to deliver top notch service to our community," said Tom Farrell, President, Liberty Township Trustees.
Applications are being accepted through March 23 for the Battalion Chief positions. Information can be found online. Candidates will be required to complete an employment application. Upon review, select candidates will move on to an interview, leadership assessment and a physical ability test.
"I'm looking forward to starting the process to build our team for the future. Developing our next leaders is important and I feel a responsibility to this community to put a structure in place so that we can grow our own talent and build upon the dedicated team already in place," said Chief Klussman.