After more than a year of being without a fire chief, Captain Tony Kimbrough was named to the post last Friday.
“We are happy the chief was hired in house and someone from our hometown,” said Captain David Berman. “The gives Tony the opportunity to step up and lead the department.”
Kimbrough has been with the department for 19 years, according Police Chief Richard Howell, who has served acting fire chief since June of 2020. Howell said that Kimbrough is dedicated to the department and his job and will do a good job.
Berman said that while the department has been without a captain for more than a year, “the department has done what we’re here to do. Personally, I think we have done a good job. The young men and women train hard and strive to give back to the city and its citizens. That’s what the city deserves.”
During the last three years, the city has had three different chiefs. Jim Baldwin served as chief for 11 months after replacing Coby Moon, who resigned after suspension in 2019. Captain Jeff Smartt was named as the interim following Moon’s departure.
During the search for a fire chief, city officials interviewed a few candidates. The job was offered to a man from California who accepted the position, but later withdrew his name. A man from Clarksville interviewed for the position and expressed an interest; however, the mayor and board of aldermen decided to hire from within the department.
Recently the BOMA voted to hire an assistant fire chief. That position has yet to be filled.
Efforts to reach Kimbrough were unsuccessful at press time on Friday.