by Pam Zubeck
Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Smith as been named interim fire chief for Colorado Springs, the city says in a news release.
Deputy Chief Smith has served on the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 1991 and has been a firefighter, paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief. Chief Smith currently oversees Support Services which includes the Training Division, Medical Division, Division of the Fire Marshal, Fleet and Facilities, Human Resources, Public Communications and Community Education. Chief Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management in Human Resources.
“Tommy is already a leader in the Colorado Springs Fire Department and will be a great asset to the department during the transition. His experience will serve the city well during this interim period,” said Mayor Steve Bach.
The City will conduct a national search, looking both internally and externally, for our next fire chief.
The release also notes that Smith isn't available for interviews today, and that there will be media availability later in the week.
Chief Rich Brown's "retirement" was announced last week.