Oklahoma City deputy chief now Edmond fire chief
EDMOND — Oklahoma City Deputy Fire Chief Chris Goodwin is Edmond's new fire chief.
The announcement was made Thursday by City Manager Larry Stevens in front of Edmond and Oklahoma City firefighters, including Connor and Tanner Goodwin, sons of the new chief and Oklahoma City firefighters.
“I feel very blessed to join an Edmond team that I know to be a highly respected and professional fire department,” Goodwin said. “It is a great honor to join the firefighters and a dedicated city staff to serve the citizens of Edmond.”
Goodwin, 51, has 24 years of experience serving the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He has held numerous positions in Oklahoma City, working his way up to deputy fire chief of support services in 2015.
Goodwin will continue on in Oklahoma City until July 31, finishing several projects, he said. Goodwin will start in Edmond on Aug. 1. He will be making $144,384.91 annually.
"I am blessed to join this Edmond team," said Goodwin, who has a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. "I can't wait to get started."
The city manager said as he introduced Goodwin the city always strives to be the best, but Edmond can always do better.
“I am very comfortable that Chris Goodwin is the best fit as fire chief for the Edmond Fire Department and for our community,” the city manager said. "Edmond's new fire chief is well qualified to lead our department.
"I was impressed by his low-key confident attitude and the importance he attached to being part of our team."
Over 70 people, several from different states, applied for the job left vacant with the March retirement of Fire Chief Doug Hall, who left March 31 after 27 years with the department. Hall had been fire chief since Feb. 11, 2015. He was making $121,637 a year.
The national search for the new fire chief started in February and was narrowed to four so the city manager could make a final decision.
The 10-member focus group, composed of five people from the community and five staff members, has been helped the city manager with the search for a new chief.
Stevens called the search "an important position and process for the community."
Community members are Myron Pope, University of Central Oklahoma vice-president of student affairs; Peggy Geib, Francis Tuttle Career Technology assistant superintendent; Barry Moore, Edmond Planning Commission chairman; Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic Development Authority executive director; and Chris Goodwin, Oklahoma City Fire Department deputy chief.
Staff members are Lisa Goodpasture, city's human resource director; Steve Murdock, city attorney; Tim Dorsey, interim police chief; Matt Stillwell, city's Public Safety Communications director and Stevens.
“The efforts of the focus group and city staff were critical in this process as always," Stevens said. "The community perspective is a vital component."