After an extensive assessment process, the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District announced the selection of a new assistant chief on Wednesday.
The district board of directors ratified Fire Chief Dennis Reilly's choice of Jeremey Criner in closed session at its Monday evening meeting.
Currently a captain with the Rogers, Ark. Fire Department, Criner has accepted the position and is slated to start with the SBFPD around Feb. 3.
"I think Jeremey will be an outstanding addition to our staff and will help the fire district to continue the progress we have made in service delivery," stated Reilly in a press release. "The selection process was very difficult and I spent a lot of time making the final decision. I think the community is very fortunate to be in the position of having to choose between several qualified candidates. In the long run, Chief Criner was the best fit for our organization and I am very glad he has decided to join our staff."
Criner holds an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science and has the Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Service Excellence. He is married with two young children.
The district received more than 20 applications for the position.
Criner competed in a selection process that included an assessment center exercise and multiple interviews.
John Norris previously served as assistant chief for the SBFPD.