Sedona AZ (July 6, 2012) - Following a nationwide search that narrowed over twenty applicants down to two viable candidates, Sedona Fire District assistant chief, Terry Keller, was hired by the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District as its new Chief effective February 2013.
The Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District board decision was unanimous.
Keller will take the place of retiring Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Chief, Mike Van Dyke.
Keller will not assume duties with the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District until after his retirement from the Sedona Fire District. His twenty-four year career with the SFD began as a volunteer in 1988. Keller holds two degrees from Northern Arizona University.
MRFD Captain Dale Duns, a ten year Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District veteran, will serve as interim fire chief effective July 29, 2012 when Fire Chief Van Dyke retires until Keller assumes office on February 4, 2013. Captain Duns firefighting career began with the Sedona Fire District where Keller served for a time as his captain.
Keller served as interim Sedona Fire District Fire Chief following the resignation of Nazih M. Hazime in 2011 and the hiring of the new SFD Fire Chief, Kris Kazian, in 2012.
Nazih Hazime was subsequently elected to the Sedona Fire District board in May 2012 and is the Verde Valley Fire District Fire Chief. Kris Kazian, an Illinois fire fighter, was hired following a nationwide search by the Sedona Fire District board.