Saying goodbye to valued employees is hard, even when I am excited about their next professional challenge. Saying goodbye to Fire Chief Bruce Stedman will be very hard. Let me tell you why:
In his seven years at the city of Arlington, Bruce has accomplished much. Right after he arrived, he organized his staff to do public outreach on a levy issue. That levy had failed in November 2010, but it passed in April 2011 at 84.52 percent. Bruce likes to jump in and get ‘er done.
Like all of our directors, Bruce and his staff have worked hard to secure funding via budget negotiations. He also sought grant funding to update all fire and emergency medical service apparatus, including our engine, ladder staff vehicles and three ambulances.