Platz approved as North Liberty Fire Chief

Platz approved as North Liberty Fire Chief
Podhajsky
09/12/17
 
Saying he’s excited to get to work, Brian Platz was unanimously approved by the North Liberty city council as the city’s first full-time chief.
 
The city council approved a $108,673 contract for Platz on Tuesday night. His first day as fire chief is scheduled for Nov. 6.
 
Platz told the council multiple times he was “humbled” to be selected as the first full-time fire chief.
 
“I understand the immense responsibility that falls on me at this point in time and I just want to let you all know I’m up for that challenge,” Platz said. “I don’t take that lightly. I plan to approach this position with a lot of vigor, a high degree of work ethic, and a lot of excitement and energy.”
 
Platz takes over for Eric Vandewater, who retired last October after 11 years as North Liberty’s fire chief. Assistant chief Bill Schmooke has been serving as chief in the interim.
 
“We’re very, very lucky as a community to have (Platz) on board,” Schmooke told the council. “He’s going to do right by the community and by the firefighters there at the firehouse.”
 
A consultant hired last year recommended the city make the fire chief position full-time as the city’s population continues to increase rapidly and call volumes grow.
 
Platz had been a long-time employee of the Iowa City Fire Department, being promoted to deputy chief earlier this year.
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