Joe Meinecke, Tacoma Fire Department, email@example.com, (253) 591-5176
Karrie Spitzer, Community Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 591-5790
Tacoma Fire Department Chief Ronald W. Stephens has announced his retirement effective March 29, 2012. Chief Stephens was appointed Fire Chief in 2006, and has served 35 years with the department.
Under Chief Stephen’s command, the Tacoma Fire Department achieved national accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He oversaw a significant effort to increase the diversity of the organization and developed a strong culture of public service within the department.
“I feel honored to have had the privilege to serve as Fire Chief and work for the City of Tacoma,” said Chief Stephens. “I have enjoyed being part of the Tacoma Fire family these many years. I leave with the confidence that the department rests in good hands and will continue to provide excellent service to our community”
“In my short time working with Ron, I have appreciated his leadership,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “I have full confidence in Tacoma Fire to carry on this transition, and wish Ron the best in his future endeavors.”
City Manager T.C. Broadnax has appointed Assistant Chief James Duggan to serve as Interim–Fire Chief until a permanent replacement is named following a nationwide search.