Tommy Smith in 2013. File photo

Tommy Smith in 2013. File photo

Redmond fire chief resigns

Deputy Fire Chief Don Horton will fulfill the role in the interim.

Redmond Fire Chief Tommy Smith is leaving after almost seven years with the city.

Smith and Mayor Angela Birney mutually agreed on the chief’s resignation from the city for June 22, according to a press release. Chief Smith started in Redmond in 2013, from Colorado Springs Fire Department where he served as interim fire chief. He worked at that department for 22 years.

Deputy Fire Chief Don Horton will serve as the acting fire chief.

“I would like to thank Chief Smith for his years of service, and I very much appreciate his dedication to and compassion for the fire department and our community. Chief Smith is passionate about equity and inclusion and has been the sponsor of Welcoming Redmond Core Team, active with the regional fire chiefs, and has been instrumental in the recruitment of women and people of color into the fire service,” Birney stated in the release.

“During his years of service, Chief Smith has made impactful contributions to the city and our community, of which I am deeply appreciative. I wish him much happiness and success in his next chapter of life.”

In an email, the city stated it did not know Chief Smith’s plans following his leaving Redmond Fire Department. The resignation follows an investigation from KUOW’s Ashley Hiruko that found command staff, including Chief Smith, were told to not share publicly that they had tested positive for coronavirus in March.

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