After vetting applicants as near as the Central Valley and as far off as Florida, the city of Visalia has selected a new fire chief: Daniel Griswold of Casper, Wyoming.
"Without exception, everyone that had an opportunity to meet and talk with Dan really seemed to find him engaging, personable and approachable," City Manager Randy Groom said.
Visalia City Council unanimously approved the appointment this week.
Griswold, set to begin in February, will take over from Visalia's interim Fire Chief Doyle Sewell. Sewell came out of retirement to fill the interim position in May after former Fire Chief Doug McBee retired.
Sewell plans to help with Griswold's transition into his new role and thinks he'll be a good fit.