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The city of Columbia announced the name of its next fire chief on Thursday.

According to a press release, the city chose Brian Schaeffer of Spokane, Washington, from the final four candidates. Schaeffer was the only finalist who does not currently live in Boone County.

“Brian brings invaluable experience to this role,” City Manager De’Carlon Seewood said in the release. “He has demonstrated his ability to proactively set priorities and advocate for the level of service the Columbia Fire Department continually strives to achieve.”

According to the press release, Shaeffer previously served as deputy fire chief and fire chief in Spokane since 2005. He also has professional experience with the Yakima Fire Department and Yakima Fire District 12.

“I am excited to begin this new role in an exceptional community like Columbia,” Schaeffer said in the release. “The Columbia Fire Department is committed to providing the best service to its community. I am honored to continue to uphold these values ​​and help find innovative ways to protect the health of our residents and firefighters.”

Schaeffer will begin his duties as Columbia fire chief on August 19. He takes over the position after Clayton Farr Jr. retired in April.

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