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Jamie Henderson has worked his way up the Radcliff Fire Department ladder from a teen volunteer to leading the department as the recently hired fire chief to replace Rick Ledford.
That's two critical hires for the city in the last few months with Jeff Cross being promoted from within the ranks to succeed Donald Bloodworth as police chief.
While Henderson was pulled from the fire department ranks, the city made it an open hiring process. That's the right way to do business. If the best candidate is already on staff, his or her abilities will rise to the top.
Henderson applied for the job and was the top candidate of the applicants.
His hiring should serve as motivation to others, as well. Here is someone who started as a volunteer and now heads one of the major public service departments in this growing northern Hardin County city.
It's quite a trek for Henderson, who now leads a department of 27, from those days as a volunteer.
His job is critical to the safety of the residents of Radcliff.
Here’s to hoping the hard work Henderson has put in pays off with a rewarding stint as chief.
—This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.