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Dennis Hoke to oversee fire districts in Scappoose and St. Helens, starts new role in October

HokeThe Scappoose Fire District board of directors voted to approve a contract for incoming Fire Chief Dennis Hoke, who will start in his new role next month.

The Scappoose Fire District board voted in late August to approve a hiring contract for Hoke, who was announced as the top choice for fire chief in late July.

Hoke, who has more than 45 years of experience in fire service, comes from the Illinois Valley Fire District in southern Oregon where he most recently served as fire chief for six years.

While Scappoose Fire District and Columbia River Fire and Rescue both operate under the direction of a single fire chief through an intergovernmental agreement, SFD is responsible for the official hiring for the position.

The three-year contract for Hoke begins Oct. 1 and terminates June 30, 2022. His annual salary will be $134,000. According to a salary survey of public officials in 2018, Greisen earned a salary of $118,584.

In a job posting the fire chief position, the salary was advertised to be between $120,000 and $140,000.

Both fire districts provide fire protection services, rescue and medical services, with both overseeing their own career and volunteer firefighting staff, paramedics and administrative staff. In total, the two fire districts oversee 48 career firefighters, 55 volunteer firefighters, four paramedics and 16 administrative staff.

The two agencies service more than 40,000 residents, according to information provided by the fire districts during the hiring process.

The contract also states that Hoke will be enrolled in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System, but he will be responsible for paying the employee portion of his PERS contributions. Hoke will be entitled to district health insurance, life insurance and liability insurance in the event of civil actions, it adds.

Additionally, Hoke will be entitled to additional benefits, including 20 days of vaca-

tion time, eight paid holidays, three personal days and sick leave.

The board of directors will also conduct an annual review of Hoke's performance between April and March each calendar year.

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