Part-time Liberty Township firefighter Jeffrey Wurtz is expected to become a career firefighter beginning Jan. 1.
He was offered the full-time position this week pending the successful completion of physical and psychological examinations.
Wurtz was selected from a field of 20 applicants from within the department following a process that included a written test, skill assessment, interviews and other pieces, said Chief Paul Stumpf.
“It was a hard decision. We felt we had plenty of qualified candidates to choose from. It came down to we had to pick one,” Stumpf said.
“When it was all said and done, Jeff edged out the competition. Now we have an eligibility list, so should there be any vacancies in the future, we’ll go to this.”
Wurtz replaces Shawn McCroskey who left to become a nurse at the Atrium Medical Center after completing his degree.
An Oak Hills High School graduate, Wurtz has been a part-time firefighter/paramedic with Liberty Township for two years. He also works part-time for the Colerain Township Fire Department.