At the end of the month, Williamsburg Fire Department Chief Pat Dent will retire from the fire department as its emergency management coordinator. In his place, Deputy Fire Chief Larry Snyder will step up.
The city announced Snyder would fill both the fire chief and emergency management coordinator role while it seeks fire chief candidates, according to a city news release and Snyder.
Snyder said he’ll throw his hat in the ring and apply to be chief when the job opening appears.
Dent has been chief in Williamsburg for nine years; he took over after Chief T.K. Weiler retired, according to Virginia Gazette archives.
The city has touted Dent’s tenure. The fire department achieved high marks in its public protection classification rating, according to Virginia Gazette archives. The city’s fire department ranks in the top 2 percentile nationwide.
“The Williamsburg Fire Department is a high-performance organization with a highly trained and committed staff that dutifully protects not only our city, but the Greater Williamsburg area as well,” City Manager Andrew Trivette said in the release. “Knowing this, I have every confidence that this transition period will be seamless to the community at large.”
Snyder has been with the fire department since Oct. 6, 2014, when he came on as deputy chief, he said. Before that, he served as a firefighter in Hanover County since 2001, where he worked stints in fire crew training, logistics and operations.
The city will post the fire chief position later this month. The job posting will close in mid-July and a fire chief will be selected soon after, the release said.
The department has 40 firefighters on staff, including one firefighter trainee, Snyder said.
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