It follows the hiring of Denise Pouget as director.
Some changes have been made at Frederick County's Division of Fire and Rescue Services. The restructuring of the management at DFRS will mean the creation of four new positions, and the elimination of one.
Commissioners' President Blaine Young said when Denise Pouget was hired director/chief DFRS, the board agreed to let her bring in her own management team. "We can't expect her to make dinner and not let her buy groceries," Young said in a statement. "We give her our full support for this new team and believe that the management restructuring among our current employees will contribute to efficiencies and a better organized Fire and Rescue Services Division."
A deputy director of fire operations will be created, replacing the bureau chief of operations position. That job will be filled by Max Allen Keyser, formerly of the Frederick County Communications Center, and recently retired after 28 years with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. Keyser will have an annual salary of $110,000.
A community services liaison will be created to report to DFRS Director and Chief Pouget. Doug Brown will serve that position. He will be paid $118,428 yearly.
The restructuring will result in the creation of a deputy chief of finance and logistics, replacing the bureau chief of administrative services. Chief Pouget has requested that Micheal Grierson be hired for that job. He recently retired from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services with 30-plus years in the fire service. He will be paid $110,000 annually.
Steve Leatherman, who currently serves as bureau chief for administrative services, will be classified as finance and logistics administrator. He will continue to receive his current salary of $97,111, and will report directly to the deputy chief of finance and logistics.
A fire planner position has also been created. It will be a non-benefited job, and limited in duration. John North, who has 30-plus years of fire and rescue experience, will hold that job. North will be paid at $75 per hour, and work about 20-hours a week for four months.
"This is a whole new way to look at fire and rescue services and it is global, not just DFRS, because we're encompassing all of Frederick County's fire and rescue services," says Chief Pouget, in a statement.
The County says the estimated cost to DFRS' fiscal year 2014 budget is $215,000.
Pouget will start her job on Monday, July 22nd. A swearing in ceremony will take place on Thursday afternoon, July 25th at 1:30 in the first floor hearing room of Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Md.