MASON CITY, Iowa - The search for a new fire chief in Mason City has taken another turn.
Jon Anderson has elected to withdraw his name from consideration, the city announced Tuesday.
“While I am disappointed, I respect Mr. Anderson’s decision,” city administrator Aaron Burnett said. “Unfortunately, this creates a difficult situation with the impending retirement of Interim Chief Janssen. City staff is working quickly to address the situation and review the city’s options. The civil service commission is most likely going to reconvene to establish a new list of potential candidates for the Fire Chief position.”
Anderson said in a statement that he wants to continue serving as a fire captain.
“The city administrator and city staff have been understanding of my situation and I feel badly for letting them down from my commitment,” Anderson said. “Going forward, prospective chief candidates should know there is a great support system waiting for you at city hall, a positive political environment to work in, and a tremendous group of firefighters to work with.”
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