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It took 12 months and two interim fire chiefs in Grand Island. A lawsuit was even filed in the search for a new fire chief. During the process, some questioned if there were any qualified local candidates.
Mayor Jay Vavricek must think so.
Friday, he recommended Cory Schmidt to serve as the Grand Island Fire Chief.
Schmidt lives in St. Paul, Nebraska. He currently serves as a firefighter captain for the Grand Island Fire Department
Vavricek's recommendation will be taken to city council for action at the Sept. 25, city council meeting.
The list of 18 candidates was dwindled down to three.
Schmidt beat out Terry Flynn from Traverse City Michigan, and Patrick Kelly from Vero Beach, Florida
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