Houston fire chief leaving city for Arizona job

  • Source: Arizona Republic
  • Published: 09/30/2015 12:00 AM

Glendale is getting a new fire chief. Terry Garrison, who has served as the fire chief for the Houston Fire Department since 2010, will be taking over as fire chief for the Glendale Fire Department on Nov. 2, city officials announced Tuesday. Garrison replaces Mark Burdick, who retired in May after 32 years with the department and 12 years as the chief, and Chris DeChant, who was serving as the interim fire chief. He will earn a $170,000 salary and manage of a budget of $47.6 million. “Glendale is a vibrant city with a fire department that has a 100-year history of state-of-the-art emergency services, combined with an exceptional level of customer service,” Garrison said in a statement released jointly with the city. “I am humbled and privileged to join this team, and am looking forward toward an ongoing collaboration with city leadership, city management and — most importantly — the citizens of Glendale.” Garrison started his career as a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department in 1977, serving until 2007. From 2007 to 2009, he was the fire chief in Oceanside, Calif., before becoming interim fire chief for Daisy Mountain Fire District, which borders north Phoenix, in 2010. Later that same year, he took over the Houston Fire Department.


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