Two firemen will be running for a pair of seats on the Ashville Fire Districts commissioners board, which will hold an election Tuesday. A five-year term and a two-year term will be open.
Running for the five-year term is Matt Ryan. He has been a member of the fire service for 18 years and has held many positions including president and assistant chief during that time. Ryan has been a resident of the Ashville area for his entire life and is a married father of three. He is a local carpenter.
"I feel that I can do a good job as a commissioner," said Ryan. "I have had many experiences that I feel I can bring to the fire department and district to benefit both."
Running for the two-year term in Allan Hamm. He has been in the fire service for nearly 25 years in both the Ashville and Panama fire departments. Hamm has held many different positions in both departments including chief, assistant chief, president, vice president, EMT and EMS captain. He has helped with numerous grants and committees to benefit the department and district. Hamm is a married father of one with three grandchildren. He has been an employee of Cummins Engine for 34 years. While there he has been an inventory buyer, working with millions of dollars in inventory, has worked with all levels of corporate and local management, and has been a skills trainer for 15 years.
"I feel with my experience and diverse background in and out of the fire service, that I could make good sound decisions for the Ashville Fire District," said Hamm.