RAWLINS – City Manager Scott Hannum spent nearly his entire career in Rawlins as a firefighter.
For more than 31 years, Hannum served as a member of Rawlins Fire Department, eventually ascending to the position of chief. Hannum was eventually promoted to interim city manager in 2014, before being promoted to the official city manager in 2016.
Hannum said at his inauguration as city manager in December 2016, “This decision doesn’t come easy to me, because fire service has been my life and my passion.”
Hannum has apparently began to once more yearn to return to firefighting, as he was among more than 65 applicants to fill Campbell County’s vacant fire chief position.
Campbell County Fire Department has been without an official chief, since August 2018. According to the Gillette Record, the Joint Powers Fire Board and their lawyer presented the prior chief with the ultimatum of resignation or termination. The prior chief chose resignation, with the position being open since.
The more than 65 applicants have been narrowed to three over the last six months, with Hannum among them.
Hannum visited Gillette on May 30, along with two other candidates for their final, in-person interviews.
According to the Gillette Record, the fire board found all three candidates highly qualified and were impressed by their interviews.
According to Campbell County interim fire chief J.R. Fox Gillette’s fire department differs significantly from Hannum’s experiences in Rawlins. Fox stated the main difference is firefighting is not separated between county and city; rather the job would cover Gillette, Wright, and the rural areas in Campbell County.
“It’s a big area and we run a lot of calls,” said Fox.
Fox further stated the fire department reports to a joint powers board rather than a city council or county commissioner board.
“That’s a layer of complexity for a fire chief,” said Fox.
Whether Hannum is packing his bags and heading north for a new city will be determined on Wednesday during the Campbell County Joint Powers Fire Board’s regular board meeting.
Hannum was unable to be reached for comment on his potential move.