April 1, 2010

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Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

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Meridian, ID – (April 1, 2010) – Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced the selection of Mark Niemeyer to be the new Fire Chief for the City of Meridian.  Niemeyer was chosen by Mayor De Weerd and will be presented for confirmation to the City Council at the April 6, 2010 meeting.


“As Mayor, I feel it is paramount to select the right person to lead the Department and provide the essential services expected by our citizens,” De Weerd stated.  “Mark was considered with all applicants and rose to the top of the list for this position.  He has solid relationships locally, regionally and statewide.  He is vested in this community and the direction of the Department making this the right decision for Meridian.”


Mark Niemeyer joined the Meridian Fire Department in 2007 to take the newly created position as Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services.  Prior to joining the Department, Niemeyer worked for the Ada County Paramedics beginning in 1997.  During his career with Ada County he held various positions including Safety Officer, Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement Coordinator, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Training Officer, Assistant Field Supervisor, and ended as a Paramedic Field Supervisor.  In addition to his current responsibilities with the Department, Mark is heavily involved in local and state issues that involve emergency medical services, coordinates the City’s Emergency Management Committee, and is acting President of the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association EMS Division.


Upon the announcement retiring Fire Chief Ron Anderson stated “I am confident in Mark’s ability to lead the department into the future. His vision and proven leadership will serve the department well.”


The City conducted a nationwide search to fill the vacancy of retiring Chief Anderson.  More than 85 candidates from around the country applied for this position. 


“This was a very thorough and fair process where the candidates were given opportunities to present themselves.  It was fair and worked well for the City and emphasized the good job that is being done in Meridian,” said Tom Sauer, a citizen member of the interview team involved in the onsite interviews conducted as part of the process. 


Niemeyer will begin serving as Meridian’s Fire Chief on May, 1, 2010.  Over the next 30 days he will transition into his new position working with Chief Anderson.


“Being offered this position is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The men and women of the Meridian Fire Department are some of the most dedicated and passionate individuals I have had the chance to work with, and I look forward to our success in the future.  Working with the public, our City leaders, other city departments, and allied agencies, we will continue to be proactive in keeping our community safe.  I would like to thank Mayor De Weerd and the Meridian City Council for giving me the honor to lead this great department, and retiring Fire Chief Ron Anderson for his 33 years of dedication to the fire service.”


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