TUCSON – Tucson Fire Department announced its new fire chief Thursday morning after longtime assistant chief Joe Gulotta served as interim for nearly two years.
According to city officials, Charles Ryan was named as the 28th fire chief of TFD after he was interviewed by city staff, a fire services technical panel, and a leadership and management panel, and participated in question-and-answer panels with TFD staff and community leaders.
Ryan recently served as assistant fire chief of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. During this time, Ryan served the department’s Business Services Bureau.
“I am excited about the experience and leadership Chuck brings to the organization and am looking forward to great things for the Fire Department,” said City Manager Michael Ortega.
According to officials, Ryan began his career at Fairfax County Fire in 1994 and has stayed serving that department before accepting the job as TFD fire chief.
Ryan is expected to begin at the department Sept. 30.