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Crawford finalist for fire chief job in Plano, TX

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Brian Crawford served 27 years with the Shreveport Fire Department, the last three of them as fire chief, before taking the job at City Hall in June of 2011. Brian Crawford served 27 years with the Shreveport Fire Department, the last three of them as fire chief, before taking the job at City Hall in June of 2011.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Brian Crawford confirms he is a finalist for the position of fire chief in Plano, Texas.

Crawford, who has been on the job as Assistant CAO for about 14 months, says he is following his own advice in applying for the Plano fire chief's position. "Throughout my 28 years of public service, I have always instructed those I have commanded or lead to carefully evaluate opportunities presented."

With a population of 270,000, Plano is slightly larger than Shreveport in population, but smaller in square miles. Crawford says it's also a Class 1 fire department and the two departments are similar in many other ways.

Crawford served 27 years with the Shreveport Fire Department, the last three of them as fire chief, before taking the job at City Hall in June of 2011.

His primary responsibilities include assisting the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer with support of the day-to-day operations of the City of Shreveport and its various departments through strategic, operational, and fiscal management.

"This certainly represents a positive experience for Brian and I'm not surprised that a city like Plano would consider him a strong candidate for such an opening," said Mayor Cedric Glover in a statement released by the city Thursday afternoon. "However, I know Brian is committed to remaining focused on facilitating the critical steps needed to finalize the 2013 budget, so this process won't distract him from that or any of his other current obligations."

Crawford is among three finalists for the Plano job. The other candidates are Robert Isbell, the fire chief in Midland, Texas, and former fire chief in Southlake and Euless; and Dennis Rubin, the former fire chief in Washington, DC. and Atlanta, GA.

The final interviews are scheduled for later this month.

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