Once more, with feeling

Once more, with feeling

Good chiefs are hard to find.

Retired Champaign Fire Chief Doug Forsman has a fine reputation, but who would have guessed that he would be irreplaceable?

That must be the case because city officials who are trying to hire Forsman's successor now are pursuing their third in a series of searches to fill the spot. In the meantime, acting Chief Dave Ferber is charged with putting out fires — both real and administrative.

Forsman stepped down in December after a long career, one that included two stops in Champaign. The plan was to have his replacement on board in a few months, but that fell through after city officials were not sufficiently impressed with the first round of candidates. City Manager Dorothy David said the first rounders did not offer the "full breadth" the city was searching for.

The second search was no more successful than the first, with David attributing that flop to "quality" candidates who pulled out after finding the fire chief's job did not meet the full breadth of what they were looking for.

Hey, it takes two to tango.

Now here we go again. City officials are starting from scratch.

David said that as part of the search the city will look not only for new chief candidates but also new ways to identify candidates. Those with suggestions for solving either problem should contact the city manager's office.

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