Twin Falls city manager to recommend appointment of next fire chief

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The city of Twin Falls announced plans to recommend the appointment of a new city fire chief at Monday’s City Council meeting.

According to a news release, City Manager Travis Rothweiler will recommend to the City Council that Les Kenworthy be appointed as Twin Falls Fire Department’s new fire chief.

Kenworthy was selected from among 32 applicants from 17 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. A team of city firefighters, staff and council members interviewed 10 of the applicants via video conference. Six finalists were then interviewed in-person in early January.

Kenworthy was born and raised in the Seattle area and most recently served as deputy chief of the Mercer Island Fire Department in Mercer Island, Washington. He served with the department for more than 37 years, overseeing department operations, training divisions, and management of the Fire Marshal’s Office. His firefighting career started in 1977 with the King County Fire District.

Kenworthy also served as Training Chief with the East King County Fire Departments Training Consortium, a member of the King County Fire Chiefs Association, Eastside Public Safety Communications Agency (EPSCA), Fire Liaison with the Central Puget Sound Transit Authority, and a member of Washington State Fire Chiefs.

Click here to read the full news release.

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