Three Fire Chiefs Take new Jobs California and Florida are getting a new fire chief, while New York is having one of its chiefs step into a state office.
The Press & Sun-Bulletin reports that N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer appointed Floyd Madison to serve as that state's fire administrator. Madison was fire chief of the career Rochester Fire Department since 1999. Madison also spent 19 years with the Washington, D.C., where he served as deputy fire chief. In June, Tom Murphy, a former Endicott fire chief, resigned as fire administrator only days after his appointment.
In Rochester, Minn., David Kapler is retiring from his fire chief post to take the fire chief's job in Alameda, Calf. The Post-Bulletin reports that Kapler served 14 years in Rochester and plans to leave near the end of September. Kapler holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in business management.
And the Florida Keynoter reports that the Monroe County Commission concluded its six-month search for a new chief by hiring Wayne Jinnant. Jinnant came from a pool of 60 candidates.
Hinnant has more than 30 of experience in emergency services, was recently a consultant, an adjunct professor at Indian River Community College in Fortand spent two years as an area coordinator for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Prior to that, he worked as operations chief for the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management, the paper reports.