By Jeff Gallatin
Veteran firefighter Jim Walts has been selected to fill the captain’s vacancy that the fire department has had for more than a year.
Walts was scheduled to be formally sworn in at Monday night’s City Council meeting. He has been a member of the department since June 1997. He will fill the position left open when Tom Boatright retired in 2012. He joins Joe Wallenhorst and Jim Schmitz as captains in the department.
Fire Chief Chris Lyons said he expects Walts will continue the strong work ethic he has exhibited for many years as a firefighter and as a lieutenant in the department.
“He’s already been very busy,” Lyons said. “He’s been examining plans, working with the rest of the department and doing other work associated with the position. Jim is a very organized person who has a good relationship with the rest of the firefighters and people all around the city and area. He’s a hard-working, helpful member of the department who’s well-respected.”
Lyons said the promotion will help the organizational structure of the department and help it run smoothly.
Walts said he’s pleased by the promotion.
“I’m looking to working with everybody and seeing what the future holds,” he said.
Walts has been a lieutenant for three years. He is a registered nurse and a former president of the fire department union as well. He said working in different positions like that helps him in his duties as a firefighter and gives him valuable experience to take into his new position as captain.