CLEVELAND -- Daryl McGinnis has been sworn-in as Cleveland's fire chief.
Mayor Frank Jackson swore in McGinnis at a ceremony in City Hall.
McGinnis is a 27-year veteran of the Division of Fire where he was moved through the ranks from Lieutenant, to Captain to Battalion Chief.
"Chief McGinnis has a history of strong leadership and a clear vision of the future. Throughout his career he has championed inclusion, diversity, discipline, and accountability and will work with the Department of Public Safety and the leadership of EMS to advance our goal of the integration of the Division of Fire and EMS," said Mayor Jackson in a released statement.
McGinnis is a graduated of John F. Kennedy High School and has a bachelor's degree from Florida A&M University. He was one of five applicants for the position.
Saying the Division of Fire is at a crossroad, the fire union issued the following statement.
Presently, the Division is at the lowest staffing, both in terms of total and on duty strength, since prior to World War II. Moreover, to say fire apparatus and stations are in significant disrepair would be an understatement. Chief McGinnis certainly has his
work cut out for him.
An effective labor-management relationship is critical for the safety of both the fire fighters and the public. If the new Chief sees the Union as a partner, as opposed to an obstacle or impediment, we feel confident together we can realize the full potential of
Cleveland Fire Fighters and consequently the Division of Fire.