As Meridian’s search for a new fire chief carries on, interim Chief Charlie Butterfield has taken the department helm.
In wake of former Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer’s November departure, Meridian Mayor Robert Simison named Butterfield interim chief on Nov. 21, city spokeswoman Shandy Lam said. Niemeyer, Meridian’s fire chief for over a decade, took on the role of Meridian’s emergency operations officer earlier on in the pandemic. His move to become Boise’s new fire chief triggered Butterfield’s appointment. Butterfield holds a master’s in education along with firefighting-related bachelor’s and associate degrees. As the search for Niemeyer’s replacement continues, it’s unclear whether Butterfield will be considered.
Meridian Fire’s administrative shuffle was the first of two recent shakeups in the city’s public safety leadership.