Kyle Curry will serve as the acting interim fire chief for the City of Fayetteville, Mayor Lioneld Jordan announced Friday. Current Chief Tony Johnson’s retirement resignation takes effect on October 11 and Curry will fill that position until a new fire chief is selected.
Curry, a battalion chief and shift commander who has served 14 years with the Fayetteville Fire Department was among those recommended by Chief Johnson to serve as interim fire chief.
“I have the utmost confidence in (Curry), and I think he will do a marvelous job,” said Mayor Lioneld Jordan.
Other individuals recommended to Mayor Jordan by Chief Johnson ultimately applied for the position but the Mayor determined that, as a fairness issue, it would be best for a candidate for the permanent position not to serve as acting interim fire chief.
Curry will also serve on a fire chief selection committee that will recommend two candidates to Mayor Jordan. Other committee members include Chief of Staff Don Marr, Finance Director Paul Becker, Police Chief Greg Tabor, Director of Communication Lindsley Smith and Fire Driver/Operator Jeremy Jackson.
Thirty-one individuals applied for the job.