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Posted on: August 11, 2022

City of Amesbury Begins Search for New Fire Chief

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The City of Amesbury is conducting a search for a new Fire Chief, following Chief Ken Berkenbush formally retiring in June 2022. Since July 2022, Deputy Chief Jim Nolan has been acting Chief and former Amesbury Fire Chief William Shute has been the Chief Administrative Officer. Together, they will continue to lead the department until a new permanent Chief is appointed by Mayor Kassandra Gove. 

The City has contracted with John Parow Consulting & Associates, a professional consulting company who specializes in Fire Chief recruitment and selection. The position will be open to internal and external candidates in the New England area. 

John Parow Consulting & Associate’s contracted services include:

  • Holding a preliminary meeting with City Administration and other stakeholders to obtain necessary information related to the needs and priorities of the City 
  • Launching confidential surveys for the Fire Department personnel to share feedback and information on what they look for in a Fire Chief
  • Handling the initial screening and performing an assessment center for qualified candidates 
  • Submitting a recommendation for a qualified candidate to the Mayor
  • Helping identify the individual who has the management style and values that are compatible with the needs of the community and its Fire Department


Candidates will be able to apply through Wednesday, August 31st. The Mayor and John Parow Consulting & Associate’s will assess candidates against their qualifications, information gathered from stakeholders, the assessment center, and the results of the department surveys. 

 John Parow Consulting & Associates is expected to make a recommendation to Mayor Gove no later than Monday, October 31, 2022. 

John Parow Consulting & Associates
John Parow Consulting & Associates is a Chelmsford Massachusetts-based public safety consulting firm and provider of Fire executive search services. The founder, John Parrow, has over 25 years of experience in Municipal Promotional Assessment Centers and has been involved with conducting executive searches since 2014. He has served 25 years as Fire Chief in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and served as President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. John Parow Consulting & Associates provides a comprehensive means of selecting an individual to perform all the duties required of a Fire Chief.

John Parow Consulting & Associates has handled Fire Chief recruitment for Pepperell, Fitchburg, Beverly, Manchester by the Sea, West Bridgewater, Dracut, and more.

Mayor Gove said, “I have been impressed with Jim Parrow’s approach to recruiting and assessing candidates. His extensive experience provides realistic, scenario-based assessments and appreciation for holding the Chief’s position accountable for high standards.”

For a full description of the job responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and special requirements, please visit:
https://www.amesburyma.gov/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=98&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Fire-Chief-28

Interested candidates should contact:
Heather Worrall
HR Coordinator
worrallh@amesburyma.gov
(978) 388-8108    

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