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City Manager to select interim Fire Chief soon

Released by the City of Longview:

LONGVIEW, TX - City Manager David Willard will take the next several weeks to continue to examine the Longview Fire Department and make considerations for the selection of an interim Fire Chief.

The Longview Fire Department has an existing command staff in place with two assistant chiefs. Assistant Chief Claude Ford provides oversight of Fire Operations. Assistant Chief Kenny Southwell provides oversight of Fire Administration. Fire personnel will continue to report through their existing chain of command.

Over the coming weeks, the City Manager will decide on a process for selecting an interim Fire Chief.

According to Mr. Willard, “I have not chosen an interim Fire Chief at this time. I plan to have ongoing meetings with fire personnel to study issues and concerns within the department. Given the information that I have learned throughout this process, I need to review the situation further before making any additional leadership changes.  I am confident the Fire Department will work together to continue the excellent service they already provide to the community.”

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