Astoria is still hunting for a fire chief.

The job was reposted Thursday.

City Manager Brett Estes had hoped to fill the fire chief position and the still-vacant community development director position earlier this year. But now postings for both positions have gone out for second rounds.

Estes said it has been hard to find a candidate for the fire chief position with all the qualifications required in Astoria’s unique version of the job. The desired candidate must have a wide range of skills, expertise and experience.

Former Fire Chief Ted Ames, in addition to his other duties as a department head, still responded to many fires on an on-call basis when he worked for the city.

Ames retired earlier this year but stayed on as the interim fire chief to help ease the transition. He is still advising Estes in the hunt for his replacement, but is no longer directly involved with fire department operations.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Gascoigne is acting as interim fire chief.

Astoria’s fire chief oversees nine career staff, 14 volunteer firefighters, a part-time administrative assistant and the deputy fire chief. The fire chief job has an advertised salary range of $86,105 to $104,662. The position will be open to applicants until July 9.

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