Media Release


Wednesday, April 17, 2013
For Immediate Release

Contact: Diana Paul
Telephone: 229-6501


City of Las Vegas Fire Chief Recruitment Moving Forward
New Interim Chief Named Until Permanent Replacement Is Found

The city is moving forward with its recruitment for a fire chief, and the department will see a temporary change in leadership until a final candidate is named. Chief Scott Fuller, who has been serving as the interim chief, is preparing for a military deployment in June.  Fuller serves as a colonel in the National Guard, and his unit has been called up for deployment in Afghanistan. In preparation for that assignment, his duty as the interim fire chief will cease on Monday, April 22. 
Former Clark County Fire Chief Steven Smith will provide interim leadership at the fire chief level beginning Monday, April 22, through June 30, or until a few fire chief is selected.  Smith was introduced to the Las Vegas City Council this morning. Smith served as the fire chief of the Clark County Fire Department, the largest fire department in the Nevada, from 2005-2010. His responsibilities included managing the department's $187 million budget and providing administrative oversight of 680 career firefighters and support staff. 
“I look forward to working with the City Council, the city executive team, current fire department administration, and the men and women of LVFR and Local 1285 until the new fire chief is appointed,” Smith said. “The fire service has been a part of my life for more than 30 years and I am honored to have been requested to serve the Las Vegas community once again.”
The city is scheduled later this month to meet and discuss the candidates who applied for the fire chief position, which closed April 5. The city will then move into the next phase of the process with interviews, with the goal of making a final selection for ratification in July.


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