After conducting a comprehensive internal search within the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (MFRD), the Mayor’s Office is announcing its top five finalists for fire chief. They include District Chief Doug Cooper, District Chief Jeremy Lami, Deputy Chief Ken Keller, Deputy Chief Myron King and District Chief Paul Sealy.
“I’m encouraged to see this process moving forward,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “I firmly believe this decision will set us on the path to becoming the best fire-rescue department in America.”
The search was narrowed down from 13 candidates to five after each applicant submitted a strategic plan and endured individual assessments. The selection committee, led by Public Safety Director James Barber, will begin in-depth interviews this week and is scheduled to complete its review in the next two weeks. Once completed, the committee will submit a recommendation to Stimpson, who will make the final decision. By statute, the mayor’s appointment of a new fire chief must be confirmed by the Mobile City Council.
The selection committee consists of Barber, management consultant Dan Lumpkin, Innovation Team Director Jeff Carter and Montgomery Fire Chief Miford Jordan. Jordan was the first African American to become both Montgomery Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief. Under his leadership, Montgomery Fire Department became the first ISO Class 1 department in the history of Alabama.
“I am impressed with the caliber and potential of all the candidates who participated in this process,” Barber said. “This is a testament to the quality of the men and women in MFRD. I am confident there is a leader among these finalists who will implement our vision to become the safest City in America.”
Councilwoman Bess Rich, chairwoman of the council’s public safety committee said she is “anxiously awaiting” Stimpson’s choice because she knows how important it will be for MFRD.