Mukilteo contracts with Everett for fire marshal services
Last updated 6/10/2020 at 11:23am
The Mukilteo City Council unanimously approved a contract with the Everett Fire Department for fire marshal services for the remainder of the year during its June 1 meeting.
Former Mukilteo fire marshal Roger Rudikoff’s last day with the department was June 1. He previously gave notice in March. Rudikoff worked for the Mukilteo Fire Department for 19 years, the last four as fire marshal.
The $35,000 contract with Everett will be for a maximum of 10 hours a week and the duties will be filled by Everett fire marshal Kurtis Brown.
The fire marshal is responsible for the enforcement of City-adopted fire codes, including requirements for building construction and modification, use of fire alarms and sprinkler systems and the storage of hazardous materials. About 660 businesses are under the fire marshal’s purview.
Mukilteo Fire Chief Chris Alexander told the council that the department evaluated three options to fill the role. One was to begin a civil service hiring process to fill the position permanently. The second was to use a current professional services contract to fill the position until Aug. 1 and hire someone permanently at that time. The third option came about when the Everett Fire Department approached Mukilteo with an offer to provide fire marshal services at cost until the City decides how to permanently fill the position.
The City subsequently requested a formal proposal from the City of Everett.
“Our evaluation of it is that it works out to be the least expensive option for the
City,” Alexander said. “We’re budgeting this about half of what we would spend for a full-time employee for the rest of the year.”
The agreement that was passed includes a cap of 10 hours per week. More hours can be added with prior approval, and there is no minimum number of hours.
“We do have a number of projects that are working through the permit process,” Alexander said.
Alexander added that no time was budgeted for the public outreach duties of the fire marshal. The in-house fire marshal also provided a lot of support with business inspections that would not be a part of the contract. Those duties likely would fall back on the fire crews, Alexander said.
The department is budgeting a maximum of $35,000 for fire marshal services and the agreement is for two years, though either party can terminate without penalty.
“Everett has offered this service for as long as we need it,” Alexander said.
The estimated cost to advertise for the position, use an existing contract for two months and then hire a full-time fire marshal for the rest of the year, was $57,400.