The City of Brownwood knows who it wants for its next fire chief, but a hiring hasn’t yet been made and city officials haven’t released a name.
    The city is “working through extending an offer” and hopes to present a candidate to the Brownwood City Council for approval on Feb. 28, City Manager Emily Crawford told council members Tuesday.
    Previous Fire Chief Del Albright retired in November.
    A search team interviewed seven “very highly qualified” applicants last week and team members were unanimous in their selection of the top candidate, Crawford told council members.
    “I think we couldn’t have gone wrong with any of them,” Crawford said.
    The fire chief also serves as the the county’s emergency management coordinator.
    In other business, council members:
    • Heard a presentation from Cary Perrin on Keep Brownwood Beautiful’s workplace for 2017. City officials have asked the group to focus on the Traffic T, Martin Luther King Plaza, Carnegie Street and the bed by the former Hastings Bookstore building.
    • Approved the purchase of a new water heater from Roberts and Petty for $8,740 for the Senior Citizens Center. The current water heater has issues including an inability to maintain the 120-degree temperature required by the State Health Department.
    • Authorized Mayor Stephen Haynes to sign a one-yearlease agreement with Heritage Helicopter Services. The agreement is for the lease of space in a Brownwood airport hangar.
    • Authorized Crawford to sign a contract allowing Joe Reeves to trap wild hogs and remove them from the Pecan Field Station on C.C. Woodson.