Springfield promotes Pennington to fire chief

David Pennington will assume the duties as Springfield Fire Chief May 28 (City of Springfield)
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield assistant fire chief David Pennington will need to order some new business cards. They will read “Fire Chief.”

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris took the interim off the title for Pennington on Friday. Pennington has held the title of interim chief since David Hall retired in January. Pennington served as assistant fire chief of operations. His promotion follows a nationwide search.

Pennington began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Logan-Rogersville Fire Department in 1994, and joined the Springfield Fire Department in 1998. He worked his way up the ranks as rescue specialist, truck company captain, fire captain and battalion chief. As battalion chief, he served in the operations division as the chief of special operations, and as the acting assistant fire chief of the training division. He became the assistant fire chief of operations in 2010.

“I am thankful to the selection committee and City Manager Greg Burris for the confidence they have in me to lead the Fire Department. The City of Springfield is a special place, and I am honored to work with the officers and firefighters of the SFD, and our partner agencies, in service to our community,” Pennington said.

Pennington will earn $125,000 a year as chief. His promotion takes effect May 28.