Positions to Fill in Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee this week finally filled the long-vacant post of TalTran director, but the positions of fire chief and Animal Control director remain open.

On March 1 the City of Tallahassee fire chief will officially end his career as a firefighter and start a new chapter in his life.

Chief Tom Quillin says, "I'm excited. It's been a great job, but I'm looking forward to moving on and trying something different."

The city Human Resources Department says no offers have been made to any potential candidates to fill the chief's position.

Gloria Hall McNeil, Human Resource Director, says, "We are very actively looking for a fire chief. We are recruiting and interviewing. We are looking to make a selection fairly soon on that."

The city's director of Animal Services post is also vacant. The former director, Dr. Gilles Meloche, resigned after mounting problems.

Gloria adds, "That position became vacant last October-November and we have just completed the advertisement period of that job and are in the process of calling in candidates for that job interviews."

The city this week did announce the hiring of Ron Garrison, the new TalTran director, a position that's been vacant for more than a year.

Michael Wright says, "We were very deliberate and careful in this search and we think we've got the best person."

While it may sound like a long time for these high level jobs to be vacant, the city says it refuses to make offers to candidates who aren't perfect for the job and the community.

The city says no decision has been made as to who will be the interim fire chief if a permanent replacement is not hired before March 1.