Olympia City Manager Steve Hall has named Mark John as the City of Olympia’s new Fire Chief. He comes to the city with 35 years of experience in the fire service. John spent more than 26 years with the City of Anaheim Fire Department, serving as a firefighter/paramedic, fire captain and battalion chief. He then served as Fire Chief in Baker City, Oregon. John currently serves with the Spokane Fire Department as Deputy Fire Chief of Operations.
“Mark is exactly the right fit at the right time for the Olympia Fire Department and the City of Olympia,” Hall said. “His experience, skills and approach will add to a department that is rooted in a tradition of leadership and continually driven to be the best.”
John will follow Greg Wright as Olympia Fire Chief. Wright retires from the City of Olympia at the end of August after more than 30 years of service.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to become Olympia’s Fire Chief. I consider it a great honor to lead an organization with such a rich history and tremendous reputation in the Fire Service,” said John. “I am truly looking forward to contributing to the Department and City’s leadership team. I will strive to continue the long-standing tradition of providing the community with exceptional emergency services and support the City’s mission of working together to make a difference.”
John will lead the 105-member Olympia Fire Department, which includes four fire stations, two medic units and a battalion unit and covers a 25-square mile service area. Formed in 1865, Olympia’s was the first fire department established in Washington State. John begins his new position on Sept. 30, 2019.