PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two years have gone by since Providence, Rhode Island has had a permanent fire chief.

WPRI-TV reports that more than two dozen people have applied for the position since Clarence Cunha retired in July 2015.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says the city paid a Maryland-based firm $25,000 to find job candidates. He says the city even offered the job to a few people, but none have been hired.

Pare says there are currently finalists for the job, but he cannot pinpoint a start date.

The president of the firefighters’ union says they need a chief but firefighters Thomas Cassin and Michael Bates have helped by taking over the “day-to-day heavy lifting.”

Information from: WPRI-TV,

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