Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 3:35 p.m.
The Las Vegas fire department is getting its third leader in less than three months while the city searches for a permanent fire chief.
Former Clark County Fire Chief Steven Smith will take over on an interim basis at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue starting next week, the city announced Wednesday.
Smith will replace interim Chief Scott Fuller, who is being deployed to Afghanistan with his National Guard unit in June.
Fuller took over in February from Chief Mike Meyers, who retired after 27 years with the department to move to Chicago with his family.
The city is conducting a nationwide search to find a permanent chief. The application deadline passed earlier this month, and the city is screening candidates. A city spokeswoman said the city hopes to make a final selection in July.
Smith retired in 2010 after 31 years with the county fire department, including five as chief.