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City of Renton Appoints New Fire Chief

March 23, 2010

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Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569  

Renton, WA:  Mayor Denis Law announced the appointment of Interim Chief Mark Peterson to the position of Fire Chief, Fire & Emergency Services Department, effective immediately.

Chief Mark PetersonA 30-year veteran of the department, Peterson has served as interim chief since January.

“Chief Peterson has a long and outstanding history with our fire department,” said Mayor Law.  “He is one of the finest fire professionals in our region, a proven leader, and has the management skills to effectively lead the department through the coming years.”

As chief, Peterson will oversee 152 personnel who provide fire services for Renton and two neighboring fire districts. The department also provides emergency medical, fire rescue, hazardous material response and emergency management services to over 110,000 residents.

 “It is an honor and privilege to accept the position of Fire Chief for the City of Renton,” said Peterson. “I am committed to providing leadership to our Fire & Emergency Services Department and to working closely with my colleagues in other city departments to serve our community and provide the finest fire, emergency medical, life safety and emergency preparedness services.”

Chief Peterson is a long-time resident of east Renton where he lives with his wife Kelly.  He has two daughters.  He joined the Renton Fire Department in 1980 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in management from Bellevue University. He has risen through the ranks from firefighter to his current position of deputy chief.  Over the course of his career he has provided leadership in many different divisions of the fire department, where he has been responsible for fire suppression, support services, training, fire prevention, and public information, as well as the direct oversight of response operations.

Chief Peterson will be formally recognized by the Renton City Council on April 5.