Stevens Point Fire Chief Eyes Move to Wausau
SPFD Chief Tracey Kujawa with Assistant Chief Bob Finn during slope rescue training last May. (City-Times photo)
Kujawa Among Top Finalists for Top Spot at Wausau Fire Department
By Brandi Makuski
Stevens Point Fire Chief Tracey Kujawa might be leaving her job.
Kujawa, who’s been with the SPFD for 22 years and chief for 2 1/2, confirmed Wednesday she’s among the top 5 finalists for to the spot in the Wausau Fire Department.
“I think it’s just a change, a good career move,” Kujawa said. “You’re always looking for advancement and to be able to apply your abilities, and Wausau is a perfect place. It keeps me in Central Wisconsin, and it’s a department that’s progressive. I think they have a good team up there.”
Kujawa said the first time she was invited to reply, she didn’t even consider it.
“I deleted the email at first,” she said. “As I thought about it more and more, I’ve been here 22 years; if there was an opportunity available I’d be negligent in my personal goals if I didn’t go about taking steps to apply and go through the process.”
Kujawa said she had another interview Wednesday and was scheduled for one more before officials in Wausau make their final decision at the end of March.
Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson said he learned of the development Wednesday.
“It doesn’t surprise me given the skill set she brings to the table; the understanding she has of the EMS side of the house as well as the fire side- she’s a tremendous asset,” Halverson said. “We’ve been thrilled to have her as long as we. I’ve never been un-impressed. It’s a tremendous opportunity, and I wish her all the best, but hopefully she doesn’t get the job and she stays.”
Kujawa was among about 50 applicants for the job. If chosen to fill the spot, Kujawa would replace Gary Buchberger, who retired January 31.