Village narrows search for new fire chief to five

List of finalists includes three department members
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The number of candidates to be the new Saukville fire chief has been narrowed to five finalists, including three current members of the department, by village officials.

The finalists are:

• Matt Geib,  a 32-year member of the Saukville Fire Department and assistant fire chief for the past 11 years. He is currently the highest-ranking officer in the department.

• Dale Izydorek, a retired battalion fire chief with the Mount Pleasant Fire Department, where he served for 24 years. He currently lives in Grove, Okla.

• Jason Laabs, a captain with the Saukville department and a member for 19 years. He works at Kohler Co. in Saukville.

• Eric Paulus, a member of both the Fredonia and Saukville fire departments with 22 years experience. He works at the village wastewater treatment plant.

• Thad Trinko, a member of the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Fire Department for 37 years, including being the department’s battalion training officer. He currently lives in Lake Havasu City.

The Village Finance Committee met in closed session last week to discuss the candidates. They voted in open session to table the matter. Village President Barb Dickmann said no other meetings are scheduled to discuss the candidates.

The new chief will replace Gilly Schultz, who retired in September after 19 years as chief and 44 years as a department member.

The village has hired Kewaskum-based Community Security Solutions to handle the administrative duties of the department and help in the search for a new chief. 

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