“I think that we have two great candidates and as the administrator, I am excited to work with either of these gentlemen,” Stivers said. “They have different strengths, and maybe even different approaches to how they’ll handle things, but I will be happy regardless of which candidate the township trustees choose.”
Stivers added that both candidates have years of experience.
“I am confident there is no bad choice here,” she said.
Snively will continue as Middletown’s assistant fire chief if he is selected for the Franklin Twp. position.
It is not unusual in the fire service for career firefighters and officers to concurrently serve as part-time chiefs for smaller volunteer township and community fire departments.
One example is Middletown firefighter Brian Sebald who is also Trenton’s assistant fire chief and retired Middletown fire lieutenant Darrell Yater is Trenton’s fire chief. Another example is part-time Carlisle Fire Chief Joel Holbrook who is a battalion chief with the Washington Twp. Fire Department in Montgomery County.
Franklin Twp. trustees appointed fire Capt. Keith Jennings as the interim township fire chief on Oct. 2 following the resignation for retirement of former fire chief Steve Bishop on Sept. 28.