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Posted on: March 9, 2018

City Manager Appoints Interim Fire Chief


City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that he has appointed Assistant Fire Chief Keith Gautreau to serve as Interim Fire Chief when Chief David Jackson retires at the end of March. Chief Gautreau will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Department and will report to the City Manager. Additionally, Jennings has asked Gautreau to conduct a complete assessment of the fire department in order to make further progress on its modernization, and he has asked Police Chief Mike Sauschuck to assist Gautreau in this effort. 

“My goal in city government is to make sure that we have modern systems in place and that we are operating as efficiently as possible,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “We’ve made some progress with the completion of the recent fire station study, but now I’m looking for information on other ways in which we can transform the department to ensure we’re ready for the needs of the future. As the other top public safety official in our city, I have asked Chief Sauschuck to assist Chief Gautreau in providing me with a complete assessment. I appreciate Chief Gautreau’s willingness to lead the Fire Department and to conduct a thorough assessment.” 

Keith Gautreau's career with the Portland Fire Department began in 1995. He moved from Firefighter to Fire Lieutenant in 2003, followed by a promotion to Fire Captain in 2008, a promotion to Deputy Fire Chief in 2014, and most recently, his promotion to Assistant Fire Chief in 2015. For his entire 20-plus years of service, he has been a fire service educator, including being a primary instructor at the Department's Fire Academies since 2000. In 2016, he was awarded with the City’s highest award, The Robert B. Ganley Public Service Award, which is presented annually to a City employee who exemplifies the dedication, knowledge and passion for municipal public service which characterized former City Manager Robert B. Ganley's life.

Gautreau will earn $106,000 as Interim Chief.