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Interim Fire Chief Tommy Smith Accepts Top Position in Redmond, Washington


Colorado Springs, Colo. – Interim Fire Chief Tommy Smith announced today, August 5 that he has accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of Redmond, Washington. He will start in his new position in early September to coincide with Christopher Riley taking over as Fire Chief for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. (Chris Riley has been appointed by Mayor Bach and is scheduled to be confirmed as Fire Chief by City Council at their August 13 meeting.)

 "Chief Smith has been a tremendous asset to the Colorado Springs Fire Department and we’re sad to see him go,” said Mayor Steve Bach. “His leadership during the Waldo Canyon Fire and the Black Forest Fire, as well as throughout his 22 years of his Fire Department service to our community, has been nothing short of outstanding. We wish him the greatest success with the City of Redmond.”

Interim Chief Tommy Smith said, “It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Colorado Springs and the men and women of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. It’s with mixed emotions that I am moving on, but I am confident that CSFD is in good hands and the leadership here will keep the department moving in a positive direction.”

Chief Smith began his fire service career in 1991 with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. He served in many positions during his career including firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, deputy chief and interim chief.