Applications for the position of Johnson County Fire Warden were accepted by the Johnson County Commission up to their meeting June 18th and the commissioners then appointed Rick Farris as the new Fire Warden for the county.
At their meeting this week, the commissioners accepted Farris' recommendation to appoint Steve Haines as the Deputy Fire Warden for the county.
The commissioners set up a preliminary budget for the Fire Warden in FY2014 of $23,007.60 annually, based on 2011 figures, the last year the county had a Fire Warden. The budget is very preliminary and will change as unforseen expenses arise.
The county, Fire District No. 1 in Buffalo and Powder River Fire District in Kaycee have reached a tentative agreement to each contribute 1/3 of the Fire Warden's annual budget.
After accepting July 1st as Farris' official starting date, his first act was to recommend the county enact a partial fire ban effective July 3rd.
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