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Avondale hires fire chief to replace longtime department leader

Fire Chief Jeffrey S. Case (City of Avondale Photo)

PHOENIX – For the first time in 23 years, Avondale is getting a new fire chief.

The West Valley suburb on Monday announced that Jeffrey S. Case was hired as chief of Avondale Fire & Medical, a position he will take over Sept. 2.

Case, who has 34 years of public safety experience, was most recently a deputy chief with the Phoenix Fire Department.

“Avondale is fortunate to have a leader with an impressive career such as Jeffrey Case join the Avondale fire department,” City Manager Charles Montoya said in a press release.

“He has worked his way up the ladder from firefighter and paramedic, to engineer, captain, battalion chief, division chief to deputy chief, serving in that capacity for the last 15 years for the fifth-largest city in the United States.”

Case takes over a department with 75 employees in four divisions with four fire stations.

He replaces Paul Adams, Avondale’s chief since 1996, who retired after a distinguished career.

“My goal is to ensure a collaborative environment working with city leadership management to advance the mission and values of Avondale Fire & Medical and that of the city of Avondale,” Case said in the release.

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