Freitag arrived from Missouri on August 13 just a few hours before the 4 p.m. special meeting opened, signing his contract in a very short but crowded conference room at CVFD headquarters.
"We are really excited to have him on board," said Rich Force, CVFD board chairman. "There were certain things said [in the interview process] that really impressed me. It's a hard process to take over from a chief that had been here for so long, John [Ginn] did a great job and I think Scott will do an excellent job here."
Ginn served as chief for the last six of his 36 years with the CVFD before retiring in January 2013.
Force said the hiring process, done through CPS HR Consulting of Sacramento, CA, took about as long as the board had anticipated, but he's happy the position is now filled.
"CPS gave us five candidates, and then through interviews we narrowed it down to two before selecting Scott," said Force. "It went pretty much how we expected. Being board chairman, I sure would have liked to have the chief here sooner, but we're really glad to have him."
A Missouri native, Freitag held the Assistant Chief position for the past eight years at the Cottleville Fire Protection District in St. Charles County, Mo. Along with his 20 years in emergency services, Freitag also served with the U.S. Air Force.
"I'm very excited about moving to Chino Valley and really getting involved in this community," said Freitag. "Throughout my career I have been very involved with the community for the fire district, that includes public information officer related duties, being a past president of the local Rotary Club, and I was a board member on the Chamber of Commerce. I think it's very important for a fire district to partner with the local clubs, the school districts, the police department. These are all critical to the success of a community and a fire district is definitely part of that."
Freitag was joined at the meeting with his wife and teenage son, who will be entering Chino Valley High School for his senior year this week.
Matt Santos/MSP CVFD board member Gary Warren (L), signs the contract naming Scott Freitag (R)
as the districts new chief. Board chair Rich Force (C) said the CVFD board is excited to have Frietag on board.