Grandview Heights' new fire chief also will become a new resident as he takes on the job.

Greg Eisenacher said he's looking forward to both transitions.

Mayor Greta Kearns announced at the May 4 meeting of City Council that Eisenacher was her choice to succeed Steve Shaner as Grandview fire chief. Council voted 7-0 to confirm his appointment.

Eisenacher's first day was scheduled May 11.

Shaner retired Feb. 25 after serving nearly 32 years with the Grandview Heights Division of Fire, the last 11 as chief.

Before accepting the Grandview position, Eisenacher served as battalion chief with the Violet Township Fire Department, where he started his career as a full-time firefighter in 1994. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006 and became battalion chief in 2013.

"I've never really considered leaving Violet Township before this," Eisenacher said, "but the Grandview fire department has such an incredible reputation for providing great service for residents. When I heard that Chief Shaner was retiring, I decided to apply."

Grandview is a charming town, he said.

"You can walk everywhere," Eisenacher said. "The fire department is one station. It's a department that's small enough where you can really have a huge impact on the community. It kind of fits my ideal and philosophy of what a fire department can be."

A fire chief "should come in and use the strengths of that already exist in the department," he said. "Grandview Fire has a huge amount of experience, so many people who have been here for 15 years or 20 years.

"I'm excited to have the chance to come in and learn what I can do to empower our fire/EMS personnel to build on what they have already accomplished," Eisenacher said.

During his time in Violet Township, that department expanded from one station to three, Eisenacher said.

Grandview officials are expected to begin exploring the feasibility of building a new municipal facility, including a new fire station, at the southwest corner of Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard, adjacent to the Grandview Center.

Eisenacher said he believes the insight he gained from Violet Township's effort to build new fire stations will come in handy as Grandview plans its project.

After a "very broad-based, thoughtful search process," Eisenacher emerged as the clear choice to fill the fire chief position, Kearns said.

"Greg is a wonderful, warm person with an optimistic leadership style that will be a great fit for our community," she said. "He has such an enthusiasm for fire and emergency-medical service and a passion for being a leader."

Shaner provided superior leadership as chief and fire Capt. Martin Hafey provided outstanding service as interim chief as the search for a permanent replacement was held during the challenging time of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Kearns said.

The position drew interest from "very qualified applicants from both inside and outside" the Grandview fire department, she said.

The city received assistance in the search process from the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association, Kearns said.

The association assisted in the process of screening the 16 people who applied, she said.

A profile of the attributes Grandview would want in its fire chief included feedback from fire department personnel who did not apply for the position, Kearns said.

As chief, Eisenacher will receive a salary of $126,000 and will receive the same benefits provided to all of the city's nonunion employees, including health insurance and paid leave, she said.

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