The search for a new chief began after Fire Chief Bill Gardner retired in February. Assistant Chief Robert Curr has been working as interim fire chief in the meantime.
The city reviewed 52 applications and narrowed down the finalists to Robby Bergerson, Jim Self and Billy Wusterhausen, according to an April 24 press release from the city. A final selection will be made in May. The new fire chief will be in charge of a department of 71 people and manage an annual operating budget of $8.9 million, according to the press release.
The public is invited to meet the candidates Sunday, April 28, from 3-5 p.m. in Pat Bryson Municipal Hall at 201 N. Brushy St., Leander. During the meet-and-greet, finalists will give presentations and answer questions from the public.
Read about the candidates and their experience below.
Robin (Robby) Bergerson
Bergerson has worked in fire service for 26 years. He is currently a deputy fire chief for the city of Waco. He has been a training/division chief, captain, lieutenant, fire equipment engineer and firefighter. He also works as an adjunct associate professor for Austin Community College Fire Academy.
James (Jim) Self
Self has worked in fire service for 31 years. He is currently an assistant fire chief for the city of Arlington. He has been a battalion chief, fire captain and lieutenant.
William (Billy) Wusterhausen
Wusterhausen has worked in fire and emergency management services for 25 years. He is currently an assistant fire chief for the city of Round Rock. He has been a battalion chief, fire marshal, fire captain, lieutenant and firefighter/paramedic/driver. He has worked with EMS in Williamson County and Elgin and has also worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety.