The City of Duluth looks to name a new Fire Chief

Mayor Emily Larson announced that the community review panel has selected Dennis Edwards and James Dawson as the two finalists for the Fire Chief position.

This decision comes after months of deliberation by a group of highly qualified community members.

Duluth’s Fire Chief oversees a staff of more than 140 people, and manages a department budget that surpasses $14 million.

The Fire Chief doubles as Duluth’s Emergency Manager and also works to promote safety and fire prevention in local schools and the community.

Bonnie Hundrieser, an Emergency Planning Consultant, said “The Fire Chief will have an understanding of key components of how the city of Duluth Fire Department will support the city in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

Erik Simonson has been serving as Interim Fire Chief since last fall when the previous chief retired.

Earlier this year, Simonson removed himself from consideration for the position as he is running for a State Senate seat.

Larson will interview the two finalists and expects to make her pick in the coming week, the new police chief will start active duty in mid–May.

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