Cowan gets good evaluation from Keizer Fire directors

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Jeff Cowan (File Photo)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Fire Chief Jeff Cowan of the Keizer Fire District received a B-plus rating from the board of directors Tuesday after an executive session evaluating his performance.

The board also renewed his contract, under which his annual salary will be $110,328. In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Karen Bracken as office manager. She will move July 1 to Fairbanks, Alaska, where her husband, Fire Capt. Frank Bracken, will take a fire department position.

The board voted to hold a work session, open to the public, on the district’s financial work plan at 5 p.m. June 12. Van Meter said that service level options need to be discussed.

“I would like to see the public in attendance as we work through these issues,” director Mike Kurtz said.

An amendment to the 2011-12 budget, decreasing the general fund by $119,173 because of several unanticipated expenses, was approved by a 4-1 vote. President Joe Van Meter cast the negative vote, saying he thought there was enough money in the budget to cover those expenses.

The board voted to apply for a $12,210.39 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the district would use to buy three LIFEPAK 15 defibrillation units, a bariatric stretcher and winch-ramps.

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