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Columbia announces three finalists for new fire chief

Columbia has narrowed its search for a new fire chief to three finalists.

The city announced Monday that it is considering Brian Dunn, Chris Riley, and Clayton Farr Jr. for the position. Dunn has served as fire chief in San Angelo, Texas for 21 years. Riley has been chief in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, and has more than 40 years of firefighter experience. Farr has served many roles in the Columbia Fire Department since 1998.

Columbia’s fire department has been without a full-time chief since February, when Andy Woody left to become director of the Arkansas Fire Training Academy. There will be a meet and greet with the finalists at City Hall on Monday, August 22 from 5-6 p.m.

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  1. Is there a reason why Farr wouldn’t be a shoe-in? I mean, promote from within? Why do we need to “outsource” the position of fire chief in Columbia? Look what we got for doing that with our Missouri Department of Corrections? The current director? “C’mon man.”

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