Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced Monday the selection of Mike Myers as Portland’s next Fire Chief. “Mike is an innovative, community-minded leader with a strong vision for the Bureau, and brings the right combination of leadership and experience for Portland Fire and Rescue,” Saltzman stated. Chief Myers retired as the Fire Chief of the City of Las Vegas in 2013 after a 26-year career with the Department. Upon retirement he spent time traveling with his wife before returning to work as Fire Chief for the City of St. Charles, Missouri.
Chief Erin Janssens announced her retirement earlier this year. Commissioner Saltzman conducted a national search for her replacement. “Portland Fire has a highly talented team of command staff who create a strong foundation for the organization, and I am especially appreciative of Chief Ken Burns who has done an outstanding job leading the Bureau as we selected a new Chief,” stated Saltzman. Interim Chief Ken Burns, along with other command staff will assist Chief Myers with his onboarding and transition.
“Chief Myers has the right skill-set to approach the complex challenges our Fire & Rescue Bureau is facing with rapid growth and changing demands and, specifically, would be able to bring a cutting-edge approach to the Emergency Medical Services side of the Bureau,” said Saltzman.
“Portland Fire & Rescue is one of the most respected departments in the country and it is an absolute honor to have the opportunity to lead the fine men and women of this organization. My wife Tara and I find Portland to be completely aligned with our lifestyle. We look forward to interacting with and serving our new community,” Chief Mike Myers stated.
Chief Myers is expected to begin his new post on June 30th.