End of business this Friday brings the deadline for interested and eligible parties to apply for the Fire Chief’s position with the embattled Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District. It is conceivable that the governing board could be in position to consider a hiring decision at its April 20 meeting.

Board Chairman Patty Lewis has said that she brought former Chief Wayne Eder back as interim chief simply for the purpose of hiring a new Chief. Critics including firefighters, however, allege the hiring is “fixed” and that the goal all along is to hire Eder as the full-time Chief.