On June 5th, a crowd of 150 people gathered on the steps of Portland's City Hall to witness City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade swear in Erin Janssens as Portland's newest Fire Chief. Shortly thereafter, in Fire Bureau tradition, a new Chief's badge was pinned on the new Chief's uniform by Commissioner Randy Leonard.
In her acceptance speech, Chief Jannsens remarked that she felt honored and privileged to represent such a fine organization as Portland Fire & Rescue. She further stated that she truly appreciated the leadership provided by outgoing Fire Chief John Klum, who retired June 6th. Chief Jannsens stated that she was eager to pour her heart and soul into her new job as Fire Chief for the citizens of Portland.