It looks like there will soon be a new man in charge of the Bethlehem Fire Department.

Mayor Bob Donchez announced Monday that he has selected interim Chief Robert Novatnack to be the permanent fire chief.

If he is approved by city council, Novatnack will replace retired Chief George Barkanic.

Donchez initially appointed Assistant Chief Jacqueline Lilley-McCammon to the position, but she later withdrew her name from consideration.