Washington state: Kennewick picks Vancouver firefighter to be new chief 4 months after controversial ouster

  • Source: Tri-City Herald
  • Published: 01/31/2020 12:00 AM

A Vancouver firefighter is heading across the state to become Kennewick’s new fire chief. Chad Michael is leaving a spot as the deputy chief of operations at the Vancouver Fire Department to return to his roots in Eastern Washington. He starts March 16 and will be sworn in at the March 17 city council meeting. City officials are working on scheduling a community reception. “We are thrilled to welcome Chief Michael to our city team,” City Manager Marie Mosley said in an official statement. “We are confident that his diverse skill set and his commitment to serving the community at the highest levels are the right fit to lead the exceptional men and women in the Kennewick Fire Department.” While Michael, 45, has spent a large portion of his career in Western Washington fire departments, he started firefighting in 1992 as a firefighter with Spokane County Fire District 8.


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