Rapid City mayor moves toward naming permanent fire chief

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It appears Rapid City will soon have a permanent fire chief.

Rod Seals has served for a year as interim chief and now the mayor says he's poised to make his choice to fill the post full time.

When Chief Mike Maltaverne retired in December 2016 the city hired a consulting firm to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the fire department. Mayor Steve Allender said then that he wanted to see the results of that study before naming a new chief.

The Center for Public Safety Management delivered its report last month -- that includes some 40 recommendations to improve operations -- and now the mayor is ready to move forward.

"I have now my final review of the report and so these are things that needed to happen to get to the point of now moving forward naming a fire chief," the mayor said. "So I anticipate that happening very soon."

Seals, a 21-year veteran of the department, served as deputy fire chief before being tapped for the interim top spot.