Fourteen months after the retirement of former Providence Fire Chief Clarence Cunha, Rhode Island's capital city still has not filled the vacancy left by his departure.
Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says that a headhunter hired by the city to conduct the search for a new chief has so far referred more than 12 candidates.
But Pare says the process for finding the "right" fire chief is still underway, with some of the headhunter's referrals not even being granted interviews.
Officials believe Providence could make a decision soon with the city having recently reached a tentative contract agreement with its fire union.
Pare says the city doesn't have a timeline for making a hire, although Providence needs a new fire chief "sooner rather than later."