Mayor Henry Announces New City Fire Chief

Mayor Henry Announces New City Fire Chief

A new fire chief will assume duties starting Monday.
The City of Fort Wayne has seen a couple different changes in leadership this year. Unexpectedly though, the city's current fire chief has resigned opening up another opportunity for a new leader.

"It’s bittersweet. I’m going to miss working with the men at station 11,” said Eric Lahey.

Eric Lahey is a Fort Wayne native and loyal firefighter for the past 18 years. Tuesday morning Mayor Tom Henry announced Lahey has been chosen as the new head of the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

"I’m looking forward to this opportunity to be able to represent all the men and women in the Fort Wayne Fire Department and lead them forward," he said.

Mayor Tom Henry is responsible for choosing leaders for the city's public safety.

"Upon learning that Chief Biggs wanted to resign and move back into the regular firehouse operation, we wanted to make sure there wasn’t a lapse in command leaderships," said Henry.

Current Chief Amy Biggs unexpectedly put in her letter of resignation after just two years on the job. She has not commented why but we know that she will continue working for the department. However, Lahey, is already working on plans for the future of the department.

"We’re really going to focus on training and make sure that our officers have every resource available to them in order to make sure that their firefighters are the best that they can be,” said Lahey. “We have a great Fire Department, we just want to make it better. We should always try to make things better and that's what we’re going to try and do."

Lahey is the third person to assume a public safety leadership position for the city this year. Rusty York was promoted to public safety director and Garry Hamilton replaced York as Police Chief. The two were sworn in back in January.

"A new police chief and a new fire chief all within the same year shows that we are terribly concerned with public safety in our community and we want to make sure we have the very best as far as leadership,” said Henry.

Lahey will be sworn into his new position on Monday June 2, 2 p.m. in Citizens Square.

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