ROCHESTER, Minn. - The City Council voted to approve the next Fire Chief to be Battalion Chief Eric Kerska.
Kerska served in the Army for 32 years, has been with the Rochester Fire Department since 1994, and was also a captain. Leadership and holding a team together is nothing new for him.
The Rochester City Council spoke fondly of Kerska before approving him to take over as Fire Chief following the retirement of current Chief, Greg Martin at the end of June.
Kerska was one of the final two candidates, along with Deputy Chief R. Vance Swisher. The Commission says its recommendation "is based upon the applicant that aligned with the competencies required to be successful in this position."