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Covington has 12 fire chief candidates
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Covington is interviewing 12 candidates for its fire chief position and hopes to make a hire later this month.

City Manager Steve Horton said previously the city would like to make a hire in March to replace Fire Chief Don Floyd who is retiring on June 15.

Floyd, Horton, Public Safety Division Director Stacey Cotton and Personnel Director Ronnie Cowan are conducting the interviews. The applicant pool is comprised of in-house employees and those from outside the community, said human resources employee Danielle Holt. The position will pay $62,296 to $83,491, depending on experience.

The only other open positions at the city are public safety positions, fire, police and 911, which are continually open. The city has 313 employees.

Newton County has three open positions, a water treatment operator, an equipment operator and a juvenile court intake officer. To apply for these jobs visit the county's website at

The water treatment operator is responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment in water treatment plants and would be paid $11.52 an hour.


The equipment operator would run heavy construction equipment; construct, repair and maintain roads; and perform minor repairs and maintenance on equipment. The position would be paid $13.44 an hour.

Both operator positions require a high school diploma or GED.

The intake officer would screen and investigate complaints of delinquent and unruly children referred to juvenile court. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field and two to three years of related experience and would pay $15.97 to $16.33 an hour.

Newton County has 560 full-time employees and 63 part-time and supplemental employees, as of this week.

The county recently filled positions for a microsystems specialist, administrative legal specialist, zoning administrator and juvenile court services technician, and is in the process of hiring a truck driver/equipment operator, administrative technician and detention officer.

According to Porterdale’s website,, the Porterdale Police Department is accepting applications for reserve police officers.