Sisters names new fire chief


Last updated 3/12/2024 at 9:19am

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Tony Prior of Kenai, Alaska, has been selected as Sisters' new fire chief.

Chief Tony Prior of Kenai, Alaska rose to the top of the candidate pool following interviews with the five semi-finalists to replace retiring fire chief Roger Johnson.

Following background and reference checks, a medical physical, and successful contract negotiations, an official public announcement will be made by the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District board.

In a phone conversation last week with Chief Prior, he told The Nugget, "My wife Diane and I were amazed at the process and welcoming spirit of the community. We're extremely excited to get down there and get settled."

The month of June will be a transition period, with Prior shadowing Chief Johnson as he conducts his last month of official duties. Prior's wife plans to come to Sisters in late April or early May to do some house-hunting.

Prior shared his admiration for Johnson and the department.

"It was obvious after meeting Chief Johnson why the department is so successful," he said.

Board president Kristie Miller offered the board's thanks to Johnson and appreciation for what Prior will bring to Sisters.

"First, I want to recognize Chief Roger Johnson and the 12 years of excellent service he has provided Sisters Country with his leadership. We will miss his steady, strong hand at the helm, but we wish him a healthy and enjoyable retirement," said Miller.

She continued, "We look forward to working with Chief Prior. He brings a wealth of experience in the basics of fighting fires and providing medical assistance to communities. He also brings leadership in communities. His leadership within his organization and in his community comes well-recognized. We anticipate he'll sail smoothly through the next steps in the process (medical and background checks) and will be our next chief."


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