Cox said 62 applications were reviewed, six candidates were each interviewed twice, and Kuhlmann was the superior candidate among those qualified because of his knowledge, experience, and skills for the position. Washington County Commissioners formally approved the selection in their regular monthly meeting March 16, 2010.
Kuhlmann is a seasoned professional who joined the Washington County Sheriff's office as a volunteer member of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team over thirty years ago. He was recruited to join the sheriff's office as a deputy rising through the ranks to become Undersheriff in Washington County before retiring in 2005 after 20-years of outstanding leadership and public service. His experience, knowledge, and valuable working relationships will facilitate an easy transition to the position. Kuhlmann is a licensed EMT, served as Deputy Director of Public Safety and Fire Chief for the City of Ivins.
He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Regional Response Team. His experience in writing grants, emergency planning and first-hand knowledge of the area with law-enforcement credentials will allow Kuhlmann to have an immediate impact on Emergency Management Services in Washington County.