24-year veteran is new chief of Tempe Fire Department


Veteran fire-service administrator Greg Ruiz has been named Tempe’s new fire chief by Interim City Manager Andrew Ching.
Ruiz served as interim chief following the retirement of Mark Simmons in April 2012.
With 24 years in the fire service, including 19 years in Tempe, Ruiz brings a wide range of experience to the job, according to Ching.
He is a Tempe resident, a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXII and a soon-to-be graduate of the U.S. Fire Administration’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
“I am so proud to be able to serve Tempe as fire chief,” said Ruiz.
“Together we will continue to provide the community with excellent, progressive and efficient services.”



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