Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday appointed Lance Edwards Acting Fire Chief following the resignation of Richard Thode who accepted a position in Danbury after decades of city service.
“Acting Fire Chief Edwards has served our community on various levels in the Bridgeport Fire Department,” stated Mayor Ganim. “We look forward to his leadership and contributions in this new role, while maintaining the safety of Bridgeport residents.”
Edwards has more than 30 years experience in firefighting and fire management. He started in 1988 in the town of Stratford as a firefighter, eventually moving up to the rank of lieutenant and then assistant chief prior to his service in Bridgeport.
Bridgeport’s City Charter does not require the mayor to conduct a national search upon the vacancy of the fire chief so Edwards may serve for an extended period.