Tampa, FL May 4, 2010 - Mayor Pam Iorio held a news conference today to announce the selection of Thomas "Tom" Forward as Tampa's next fire chief, replacing Chief Dennis Jones who is retiring. Forward is currently the assistant chief of administration and has been with Tampa Fire Rescue for more than 26 years. During his tenure, Forward has held many positions including special operations chief, training chief and personnel chief.
Forward has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Northwood University and a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Phoenix. He also holds Associate degrees in Fire Science and Electronics Technology.
Forward will serve as acting fire chief until he establishes residency within the City of Tampa at which time his nomination will go before Tampa City Council for confirmation. His salary will be $130,000.
Dennis Jones, the current fire chief, will be retiring from Tampa Fire Rescue officially on May 8, 2010. He was appointed fire chief by Mayor Iorio in October 2004.
For additional information, please contact Chief of Staff Darrell Smith at (813) 274-7360.
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