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Fahlsing takes position with Stark County

Beginning April 18, Dickinson City Information Technology and Public Information Officer Bill Fahlsing will be the new Stark County Emergency Manager.

The county posted the opening after former Stark County Emergency Manager Brent Pringle resigned at the end of January.

Gary Kostelecky stepped in to become the interim emergency manager.

The job was posted in February and the county had five applicants.

"What makes Bill a good fit is his knowledge of the area, his training and he serves as the public information officer for the state Incident Management Assistance Team, which is a part of the Department of Emergency Services," Stark County Human Resource Administrator Marie McCabe said. "He has worked with us a lot, especially during the tornado and power outages, he also has a lot of connections and knows the people in our communities very well."

Fahlsing also has numerous FEMA certifications and is on the board of directors for the southwest chapter of the American Red Cross, according to his resume.

When Fahlsing begins in April he will be under a six-month training period. He will make $57,360 a year, McCabe said.

"I'm happy that Bill is coming on board," Kostelecky said. "I'm excited to start working with him until he is ready to take over."

Fahlsing said although he has enjoyed working for the city, he was looking to further his career in emergency response and preparedness.

"I am very excited to begin as the emergency manager," Fahlsing said. "I look forward to assisting the county and its citizens in incident response and emergency management."

Fahlsing was taking classes at Dickinson State University for a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, he says he is taking a semester off to focus his energy on this position.

"I want to ensure that the time and energy necessary to meet and succeed all expectations of this position can be fully dedicated to this position," Fahlsing said. "I fully intend on returning and completing my degree in business administration."

The city has also filled a number of positions recently:

r Assessor Joe Hirschfeld began Monday.

r Librarian Lane Heid began Wednesday.

r Planner Ed Courton begins April 4.

The city also finished conducting interviews for the position of museum center coordinator/historic preservationalist, but no offer has been made.

Applications for the positions of communication specialist, street maintenance operator, code enforcement officer, solid waste manager and solid waste operator have been reviewed and scored and are awaiting Civil Service Commission approval, which is scheduled for Friday, City Administrator Shawn Kessel said. The rosters will then go to the managers of each department and interviews will be conducted.