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Mayor Walsh announces firm for Boston Fire Department Commissioner search

March 4, 2014

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the selection of a search firm to identify the permanent Commissioner of the Boston Fire Department. FACETS management consulting firm has been retained by the City of Boston and has begun the process of a nationwide search.

"Following the departure of Roderick Fraser, I made a commitment to conduct a national search for his permanent replacement," said Mayor Walsh. "FACETS brings significant experience to this task, and has previous experience working with the Boston Fire Department. I’m confident in their skills; this process will ensure that no stone is left unturned as we seek the best possible fit for our department."

FACETS will conduct a multi-phase process, including information gathering, engaging with stakeholders and the community, recruiting and vetting of qualified candidates nationwide, and creating a short list of candidates for selection by Mayor Walsh. The final list of candidates will be presented for consideration in late spring. 

Founded in 2006, FACETS provides management consulting services to a wide range of organizations. FACETS has completed work for organizations such as the International City/County Management Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, among others. In 2010, FACETS conducted a safety review of the Boston Fire Department. The consultants conducting this process each have over 20 years of municipal government experience in fire departments and within city government operations in peer cities to Boston.