Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Brooksville fire chief a finalist for Seminole's top fire job

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville fire Chief Tim Mossgrove, who has been with the city's fire rescue department for 24 years, has been named one of nine finalists for the city of Seminole's top fire department position.

Mossgrove, 43, said Thursday that in June, he applied for the Seminole position, vacated when fire Chief Dan Graves retired in March. He said he advised his boss, City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha, that he had done so.

The decision to apply for the position was for both professional and personal reasons, Mossgrove said. He not only was drawn to the challenge of running a department with an $8 million annual budget and 75 full-time employees, but also felt the move to Pinellas County would be a relief to his wife, Terri, who commutes more than 100 miles each day to her job as a teacher at St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus.

"I love my job, and I love Brooksville, but right now, I'm also looking ahead, both for me and my family," he said. "I see it see it as a tremendous opportunity for me to use my talents."

For Mossgrove, whose current salary is just over $71,000, the Seminole position, which advertises a salary range of $73,288 to $106,268, would also bring financial benefits that he thinks he has earned.

"When you look around the county, I'm the lowest-paid chief," he said. "Looking down the road, I'm not sure I see a lot of opportunity here."

Mossgrove joined the fire department in 1986 as a reserve firefighter. His salary then was $100 a month. In time, he rose through the ranks and was named department captain in 2002. He succeeded James Daugherty as fire chief in 2006.

Since then, Mossgrove, whose educational background includes a degree in public safety administration, plus ongoing course work toward an eventual master's degree, has made it his mission to bring the department technologically up to date. Among those achievements was the installation of a global positioning system in fire and rescue vehicles that would enable firefighters to quickly find locations of addresses and fire hydrants.

Currently, he is working with the county's fire rescue department to establish the city's first advanced life-support program.

A spokeswoman for the city of Seminole said that there is no immediate time line for the selection of a new fire chief, but that City Manager Frank Edmunds hopes to begin interviewing the finalists in the coming weeks.

Mossgrove said that if he doesn't get the job, he will remain in Brooksville.

Logan Neill can be reached at or (352) 848-1435.

Brooksville fire chief a finalist for Seminole's top fire job 08/13/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 13, 2010 6:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Hopes fade after landslide destroys Chinese village (w/video)


    Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing.

    Vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County on Saturday in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. More than 100 people remained missing after the village was buried under tons of rocks and soil.
  3. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  4. Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central.

    (From left to right) Emma Chalut 18, gets a rainbow sticker on her cheek from her sister Ellie, 15 both of Jacksonville before the annual St. Pete Pride parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the route was changed from the Grand Central and Kenwood area to Bayshore Drive.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald dies

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice, who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race, has died.

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday, the court said in a statement. He was 93.