County selects new fire chief

Fire Chief
Ely Times Staff Writer

Brett Waters was selected as the new County Fire Chief by the White Pine County Commission at its last meeting.

Waters, who is expected to start the position on Feb. 3, said he is excited to step into the role.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” Waters said.

Waters has been in the fire service for more than 30 years. He got his start as a volunteer firefighter, something he still does to this day. After having made fire service a full-time career, Waters said he has extensive experience working with volunteers and professionals alike.

“I really appreciate the small communities, with their dedicated staff, whether they are getting a paycheck or not,” Waters said.

The White Pine County Commission voted unanimously to select Waters as the new

County Fire Chief at its commission meeting on Dec. 18. County Commissioner Mike Lemich, who seconded the motion to select Waters, said he was impressed during his interview.

“He served a lot of time in an area much like ours and cover a lot of ground. I think the work he did in those areas would complement the job we want him to do here,” Lemich said.

Commissioner Mike Coster said he was happy to see so many people applied for the position, 29 in all. Now that Waters has been chosen to fill the role, Coster still wants the commission to do its part to make sure the changeover goes smoothly.

“The commission needs to both support Mr. Waters during his transition and ensure no inappropriate interference,” Coster said.

Waters grew up in a small mining town in Montana, and is looking forward to getting back to a similar environment and make a positive impact as County Fire Chief.

“It looks like the fire department has the potential for growth and I just want to get in and get everyone working together. That’s what I like to do,” Waters said.

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  1. Disappointed says:

    It seems like you need to get fired from your last fire chief job in order to get hired as one in White Pine County. Google his name folks.

    • Mike Wilhite says:

      Doesn’t the county do background checks??? Not only did he get fired from his last job, he apparently did 10 days in jail.

  2. Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:00 am | Updated: 9:08 am, Fri Sep 30, 2011.

    Bozeman Daily Chronicle | 0 comments

    Gallatin County sheriff deputies led the former chief of the Central Valley Fire District out of a Bozeman courtroom this morning after Judge John Brown sentenced him to ten days in jail for misdemeanor official misconduct.

    Brett M. Waters pleaded guilty to the charge, admitting he was negligent when he asked four on-duty firefighters to help him with a construction project at his home using fire district equipment.

    The firefighters were “delayed” in responding to a May 14, 2010, drug overdose call as a result of being at Waters’ home, according to charging documents.

    Brown adopted a negotiated plea bargain that gave Waters a six-month suspended jail sentence, and also ordered him to spend 10 days in jail participating in the facility’s inmate work program.

    In April, Waters resigned his position in the department that serves a 250-square-mile zone around Belgrade. His resignation came nine months after a state Department of Justice investigation began into allegations of “corruption and illegal acts” brought by members of the department.

    Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert has said other charges could still be filed against Waters.

    Read Friday’s Belgrade News for more on this story.
    Editor Andy Malby contributed to this report.
    © 2013 The Belgrade News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

  3. Killerdog says:

    The fun times in Ely just keep rollin on.

  4. He will do a great job. Very qualified, good leader..made some mistakes, who hasn’t.

  5. She has a brown nose round mouth and really open door the emt there does what ever she can to get ahead they need to get rid if the full time people all together white pine county was way better with just volunteers bottom line ,,, be nice if we mattered still , vollys do it for free we’re not worried about the pay check unlike the five people in that red building then to listen to them call us all retarded and not knowing what’s were doing bet in a challenge I could put a team together and smoke any full time team ,, new chief should fit right In just remember PPR SON !!!! you will need it

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