Talk about a quick response time.
Spokane Valley Fire commissioners burned little off the clock at Monday’s regular meeting, unanimously naming Bryan Collins the next chief with no discussion.
Collins, who hails from Walnut Creek, Calif., will start work in March following the retirement of current Fire Chief Mike Thompson.
“It’s very humbling to be chosen the next fire chief of Spokane Valley,” Collins said. “It’s one of the highlights of my career.”
Collins retired in 2012 from an assistant fire chief post at the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District after 27 years in fire service. He beat out five other candidates, including Douglas McBee of Centennial, Colo.; Dennis Rubin of Woodbridge, Va.; and Randy Wheeler of Sykesville, Md.
The remaining two were locals: Deputy Chief Andy Hail of the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Brian Schaeffer, assistant chief of the Spokane Fire Department.
Commissioner Mike Pearson said it was “pretty impressive” list of candidates and thanked everyone who helped narrow down the prospects.
Collins and his wife, Nancy, have been married 25 years and have two children, 20 and 17. He has worked for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District in Orinda, Calif., and holds a master’s degree in emergency services administration from California State University-Long Beach.