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City Manager David Richert has named Steve Randall as the Fire Department’s interim fire chief effective July 28.
Fire Chief William L. McDonald is leaving Scottsdale to serve as the fire chief in San Jose, California.
A national recruitment for a fire chief’s position is anticipated to begin in August and will likely take six months or longer to complete the selection process.
“Chief Randall is a seasoned Scottsdale fire fighter, and he will be an important bridge between Chief McDonald’s era and the future. I appreciate his willingness to serve during this important and challenging time” said City Manager David Richert.
Steve Randall has served as Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Scottsdale since July 2004. Prior to joining the City of Scottsdale, he spent 23 years with Rural/Metro, including two years as fire chief. Randall was the first person hired by Chief McDonald and played a key role in the change to a municipal fire department.
“It is an honor to be asked to lead the organization during the transition to a new fire chief. This is an excellent Fire Department that is made up of great people that are truly dedicated to serving the community” said Chief Randall.
On July 1, 2010, Scottsdale Fire Department celebrated its 5th
Anniversary. In the year ahead, self-assessment and evaluation of the department’s operations and efficiency is a key priority. “I am very excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to a very productive and positive year” added Randall.
Randall, 48, is a proud graduate of Saguaro High School and active member of the Scottsdale community. He is currently a member of the Scottsdale Charros, board member for Healthworld of Scottsdale, advisory board member for the Scottsdale Community College Fire Science Program, and past president of the Partners for Paiute and Scottsdale Papago Rotary Club. Randall is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class 10 and holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology from Scottsdale Community College. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 27 years and has two children, Jake, 23, and Michele, 21.