A decision has been made and a new fire chief appointed for the Shreveport Fire Department. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover announced the decision in front of dozens of firefighters Monday morning.
Twenty-three applicants were cut to five finalists in the last week. Mayor Glover presented 29-year veteran, captain of the central fire station since 1999, Captain Craig Mulford as the new fire chief.
"What became clear in my time with Cpt. Mulford, without question, he is a leader amongst leaders," said Glover. "He possesses a certain set of special traits and qualities."
"I'm committed to the mission of the fire department, and that mission being bringing a high level of service to the citizens of this community," said Mulford.
Mulford, the son of a former district chief and brother-in-law and uncle to current firefighters, is well-respected among his colleagues. Glover described Mulford as someone who does not always make decisions that make the administration happy, but always maintains the respect and admiration of all involved.
Mulford says he will focus on pressing issues right away to provide the citizens with the best service. "We are an organization full of professionals. We know that the public holds us at a high standard, a very high standard, and we will accept nothing less."
Chief Mulford will take the position of former Fire Chief Brian Crawford. Crawford is set to begin his role as assistant CAO to Mayor Glover Tuesday.
Mulford's appointment will go in front of the Shreveport City Council for approval next week.