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Talking Tosa: Meet and Greet the Candidates for Fire Chief

It’s no secret that the new Wauwatosa Fire Chief has some big shoes to fill.

Chief Rob Ugaste retired from the post in December after almost 40 years in fire service. He has since moved to Texas with his wife to spend more time with his daughter and granddaughter.

Before he left, he was honored in many ways, including in a surprise ceremony at McKinley Elementary School.

“It was the best decision I ever made coming to Wauwatosa,” said Ugaste, in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “I had no idea what Wauwatosa was until I got here, and I realized I had stumbled into something wonderful.”

Several months later, the people who make up that something are invited to a meet and greet with the candidates to replace Ugaste.

Residents are encouraged to attend open forum

There will be an open forum with the remaining finalists at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the council chambers at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions.

“Our public safety officials and leaders have a big job,” reads the city of Wauwatosa web site. “And this is a great opportunity to get involved by meeting the candidates and sharing your written feedback with the Police and Fire Commission.”

While there will be no formal interview, candidates will be asked a few scripted questions in addition to those written and submitted by those in the audience.

In Wisconsin, state law requires that the Police Chief and Fire Chief are hired by the Police and Fire Commission, which has been working diligently to select the right candidate for the city.