December 14, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

David Hall Named New Fire Chief

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Veteran Springfield Firefighter David Hall has been named the new Chief of the Springfield Fire Department, effective Dec. 21, 2009.

Hall has been serving as Co-Interim Fire Chief since June, following the retirement of Barry Rowell. Prior to that, Hall has been the Assistant Chief for Operations since 2007.

He has served with the department for 20 years as firefighter, equipment operator, truck captain, fire captain and battalion chief before being named as an Assistant Chief.

“We had a strong field of candidates, so it is encouraging to see how well David compared to his peers in the industry,” City Manager Greg Burris said. “I’m delighted we were able to make an internal promotion. David and Randy Villines have successfully run the department through a difficult period this summer and fall. I am very confident David will now take the department forward as it addresses challenges including rebuilding the staff with next year’s fire academy and maintaining the ISO rating with a solid action plan.”

Burris expressed appreciation to Villines for also serving as Co-Interim Fire Chief since June. He will return to his position as Assistant Chief of Technical Operations. (Villines did not apply for the Chief’s position.)

A native of Mountain Grove, Hall is a graduate of Missouri State University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business management and administration. He teaches management classes part-time at Missouri State and teaches at the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute in Columbia. He also is currently a Fire Department representative of the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Retirement Fund System Board of Trustees.

“We still have challenging times ahead of us, but I’m very excited about leading the Department as we tackle these issues,” Hall said.

Hall, 47, is the current president of the Leadership Springfield Alumni Association. He and his wife, Beth, have two grown children.

For more information, contact: City Manager Greg Burris, 864-1006; or David Hall, 864-1530.

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