The search for Plano’s next fire chief has been narrowed to six candidates. The finalist will be announced by August.

“We received an impressive number of highly qualified applicants who want to be the next Plano fire chief,” City Manager Bruce Glasscock said in a release. “It has been an extremely competitive process to get to this point in the search, and we are confident that this effort will result in finding a professional chief who will have the experience and vision to lead the outstanding Plano fire-rescue team.”

The city hired executive search firm Strategic Government Resources of Keller in January to conduct and manage the search to replace former chief Brian Crawford. The city received 42 applications from candidates in 19 states. Candidates were interviewed in-person May 27-28 and will complete comprehensive questionnaires, online interviews, a mental assessment and a background check.

Plano interim fire Chief Marty Wade is the only local candidate selected as a finalist. Wade has served as a Plano Fire-Rescue’s deputy chief since 2013 and began his career with the Plano Fire Department in 1989 as a fire rescue specialist.

Information on other candidates can be found at