City of Tampa Names New Fire Marshal

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Fire Marshal John Reed

John Reed has been named fire marshal for the City of Tampa. Reed will fill the vacancy left by former fire marshal Charles Owen who retired in February. Reed most recently served as the Sarasota County fire marshal.

Reed was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved with his family to Florida in 1970. He graduated from high school in Sarasota and later joined the fire service in 1991 as a firefighter in the city of Venice. He rose through the ranks and ultimately served as fire chief and emergency director until his retirement in 2013.

“Tampa Fire Rescue is one of the best Fire Departments in the country and John Reed’s extensive background will revitalize and modernize the Fire Marshal’s office,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “We look forward to him joining and leading this great team.”

Tampa Fire Chief Tom Forward said Reed’s selection is the result of an exhaustive search to find the best candidate. “Fire Marshal Reed has a proven record of leadership in the fire service. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the City of Tampa and is committed to providing the high level of service our citizens expect.”

Reed says he  honored to serve as Tampa fire marshal. “Tampa Fire Rescue is such a well-respected department both locally and nationally. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Tampa as the next step in my career,” Reed said. “The City of Tampa has a great heritage balanced with new development and I am very excited to become a part of such a great city.”

Reed will start at the City of Tampa on July 31st  with a salary of $118,310. 

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director

(813) 274-8262