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City of Lynnwood Selects New Fire Chief

Mayor Nicola Smith is pleased to announce her appointment of Scott Cockrum as the new City of Lynnwood Fire Chief. Chief Cockrum will be relocating from Sacramento, California where he is currently the Deputy Chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. Chief Cockrum's first day with the Lynnwood Fire Department will be Monday, September 29, 2014. 

Chief Cockrum's extensive background and experience will bring a great deal of operational, technical, and administrative expertise to the Lynnwood Fire Department. Cockrum was selected after a thorough process that included a national search; Civil Service examination; a series of interviews with the Mayor, Department Directors, City Council, and a community panel; and subject to a thorough background investigation. 

Chief Scott Cockrum began his fire service career in 1989 as a firefighter for the Rio Linda/Elverta Fire District in Sacramento, CA - later the successor agency Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. Scott went on to be promoted to Engineer in 1994, where he also worked as an Arson Investigator. In 2001, Scott was promoted to Fire Captain. During his tenure as Fire Captain, Scott worked as the District's Hazmat Team Coordinator, Helicopter Manager, Background Investigator, team member for the Urban Search & Rescue TF7 and was later assigned full-time to the Sacramento Area Homeland Security Fusion Center and FBI taskforce. In 2006, Scott became a member of the Type 1 US Forest Services California Incident Command Team 3, where he served as a Liaison Officer, and has responded to numerous national level wildland fire incidents through-out the western United States. In 2010, Scott was promoted to Battalion Chief where he oversaw an operational battalion. On February 1, 2011 Scott was promoted to Assistant Chief assigned to supervise an all hazards operational response shift, and was the District's Public Information Officer. On July 16, 2012, Chief Cockrum was promoted to Deputy Chief of Support Services. Scott holds a Bachelor's degree and Associates degree in Fire Science, is a Hazmat Specialist, and is a California POST Certified Sworn Peace Officer.

Since 2011, when Fire Chief Gary Olson retired, Assistant Fire Chiefs Greg Macke and Tod Gates have served on rotation as Interim Fire Chief. The City of Lynnwood commends these men, and all of the men and women of the Lynnwood Fire Department for their leadership, continued excellence, adaptability and dedication during this transition period.