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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