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Mayor Ginther appoints new interim chief for the Columbus Division of Fire

Assistant Chief Jeffrey Happ succeeds Chief Kevin O'Connor who will retired on May 28.
Jeffrey Happ

COLUMBUS, Ohio - 365体育投注开户Mayor Andrew Ginther appointed a new interim Chief of the Columbus Division of Fire on Wednesday.

Assistant Chief Jeffrey Happ succeeds Chief Kevin O'Connor who will retire on May 28. O'Connor announced his resignation back in March.

Happ is a 27-year veteran to the Columbus Division of Fire and oversees the Fire Training Academy.

365体育投注开户The city will launch a national search for a permanent replacement and will hire a search firm to help find a group of qualified candidates.

“It is my responsibility to ensure the City selects the best candidate to serve as the next Fire Chief, whether that person is an internal candidate or from outside the Division,” Ginther said. “I look forward to the chief selection process and to making significant and meaningful change in the interim.”

The City intends to name a permanent chief named by the end of the year.