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Jun 14

6-14-19 - Selection of Permanent Fire Chief

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 12:44 PM by Fred Gaskins

I am pleased to announce that, after an extensive search process that netted a very competitive pool of candidates, I have appointed our own Jason H. Monk to be the permanent Fire Chief. It is especially gratifying to have found the best candidate for this critical role internally. Jason has worked in nearly every aspect of our fire and medical service and has served his entire twenty-two year career with Hampton.

As you know, Jason has served as Interim Fire Chief since September 2017 following the retirement of former Fire Chief David E. Layman. Jason has done an outstanding job during this time, earning accolades from our career and volunteer staff alike. He has been more than a caretaker in this interim role. Jason has advanced the Division in many regards, building on our Division’s past accomplishments and successes, including being the only combination fire and rescue agency in Virginia to hold the dual status of accredited agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of "1." . Over the last eighteen months, we have collectively procured the latest technology aimed at cancer prevention in personal protective equipment; budgeted for a second set of turnout gear for uniformed members; adopted the 1.85 VRS multiplier for uniformed members; enhanced health and wellness equipment; and, completed the Division’s FY 19-21 strategic plan.

Chief Monk has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Management with an emphasis on Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy University. He received the Chief EMS Officer and Chief Fire Officer designations from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Monk is a National Registered Paramedic and is a member of the International Association of Firefighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.
He and his wife, Karen, have a son and daughter. We look forward to welcoming them all as residents of our great City!

Please join me in congratulating Chief Monk on his selection as permanent Chief!



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