Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford will ask city council members to confirm her appointment Tuesday of a North Richland Hills battalion fire chief as Brownwood’s new fire chief and emergency management coordinator.
    Eddy Wood, who also works part-time as emergency management administrator for the City of Azle, is the Fire Chief/EMC Advisory Board’s top choice to replace Del Albright, who retired as chief in November. Wood will start work March 27 if he is hired, a document in the agenda packet for Tuesday’s meeting states.
    The city received 18 applicants, and the advisory board, which included Crawford, interviewed seven before unanimously selecting Wood as its top candidate, the agenda packet states.
    Council members will meet at 8:30 a.m. in executive session to discuss offering Wood the job, and will reconvene at 9 a.m. in open session. Council members will vote early in the agenda on confirming Wood’s hiring.
    All reference calls on Wood were “extremely positive,” the agenda packet states.
    Wood is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, according to the City of North Richland Hills website. He was named officer of the year in 2012 and firefighter of the year in 2005. He also received the Medical Director’s Award in 2009.
    Council member Jerry DeHay, also a member of the advisory board that selected Wood, said Wood is “extremely well qualified. His references were incredible, and everything came back very, very positive.”
    Terms of the job offer to wood include a base salary of $86,000 and the use of a city vehicle and city cell phone, the agenda packet states.