Smith has been with the fire department since 1991 and served as a firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. He currently oversees support services, including the training division, medical division, division of the fire marshal, fleet and facilities, human resources, public communications and community education. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management.
Fire Chief Richard Brown’s last day is Tuesday. He announced his retirement last week, but will remain with the department as a consultant, receiving full pay and benefits.
The city is conducting a national search for the next fire chief.