Kara Kalkbrenner Named New Phoenix Fire Chief

Phoenix Fire Department has named a new Fire Chief.  Kara Kalkbrenner has been named the new Chief.

Azcentral.com – Thirty years later, Kalkbrenner became Phoenix’s first female fire chief. City officials announced Wednesday that they had selectedthe native Phoenix resident out of a pool of nationwide applicants.

“The glass ceiling is broken in the city of Phoenix,” Mayor Greg Stanton said.

Only two other big cities with more than 40 fire stations and 1,000 members employ female fire chiefs: San Francisco and Austin.

A committee of 21 local business and community leaders and public-safety experts appointed by the city brought in seven applicants for the interview process.

Questions ranged from how the applicants would deal with aging infrastructure to how they would handle cultural barriers in communicating fire safety to Phoenix’s refugee population, said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, who sits on the public safety and veterans subcommittee.

The other six held varying roles in fire management and came from Arizona, Florida, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., city spokeswoman Deborah Ostreicher said.

The city advertised the salary range as $119,886 to $202,448, department spokeswoman Shelly Jamison said.

Ultimately, the panel selected Kalkbrenner for her experience in many ranks within the department, from the front line to leadership, city officials said…Continue Reading Here

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