The Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s commission reconvened its March 26 meeting last week.

In March, the commission had scheduled a closed session to discuss its plan for filling the vacant fire chief position. 

Former Chief Patrick Reitz had resigned. The Commission appointed Assistant Chief Mark LaMont as the acting chief until a replacement was chosen.

However, Commissioner Rhonda Andrewson was unable to attend the March meeting and her colleagues wanted her contribution to the issue. So the meeting was recessed at that point and resumed April 10.

The Commission will now be seeking a replacement for Reitz. No schedule has been announced yet.

During the public comment period before the closed session began both Paul Riggi, representing the Idyllwild Volunteer Company, and Martha Pearson recommended that the Commission choose LaMont as Idyllwild’s next fire chief.

A special meeting to discuss a public records request from Jack Clark, co-owner and attorney for the Idyllwild Town Crier was canceled. 

Commission President Jerry Buchanan said that the Department’s legal counsel would be preparing a response to Clark.