FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City Manager Greg Burris has named David Pennington to serve as interim Fire Chief. Pennington temporarily replaces David Hall, who retired from the Fire Department Jan. 27.
Chief Pennington began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District in 1994, and became a part of the City of Springfield Fire Department in 1998. He promoted to the ranks of Rescue Specialist, Truck Company Captain, Fire Captain, and Battalion Chief. As Battalion Chief, he served in the Operations Division and as the Chief of Special Operations, and as the Acting Assistant Fire Chief of the Training Division. He became the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations in 2010.
Chief Pennington has been awarded designation as a Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and was selected as the 2015 Fire Officer of the Year. He has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Communication at Missouri State University since 2005.
Chief Pennington obtained a bachelor of science degree in organizational communication from Missouri State University, a master of science in administrative studies from Missouri State University and a graduate certificate in public management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Chief Pennington is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Queen City Fire Chiefs Association, Region-D Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee, and the Fire Science Advisory Board for Ozarks Technical Community College.
Chief Pennington is active throughout the community, serving on the boards of directors for the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Leadership Springfield Board of Directors, and the Community Investment Panel for the United Way of the Ozarks. He has a wife and two sons.
"I look forward to continue to work with Chief Pennington in this new role," said Burris. "We will continue to provide the citizens of Springfield with the absolute best emergency response during this transitional period, and Chief Pennington is an excellent choice to help lead the way."