Fire Chief Paul David Share

Dec 7, 2023  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Fire Chief Paul David will retire at the end of a near 30-year career with the City of Marion.

In his youth, Chief David knew he want­ed to lead as a pub­lic ser­vant to fol­low in his father’s foot­steps. His father, John David, was Lieu­tenant of Detec­tives with the Mar­i­on Police Department. 

Paul David was hired by the Mar­i­on Fire Depart­ment on Sep­tem­ber 6th, 1994. I want­ed to absorb all the train­ing I could to one day serve as Chief,” said David. He became Chief of Inves­ti­ga­tions in 2006, then was pro­mot­ed to Deputy Chief in 2010, then served as Chief from 2013 through 2015. He became Chief for a sec­ond time in 2020, then the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic hit. He imme­di­ate­ly worked with help from oth­er lead­ers to design pro­to­col to help keep his men safe from the unprece­dent­ed threat.

David expressed great accom­plish­ment dur­ing his time as Chief in meet­ing equip­ment and train­ing needs to help make MFD’s work more effi­cient. He also cit­ed the accom­plish­ments of get­ting sta­tions remod­eled with the help of gen­er­ous dona­tions, to pro­vide bet­ter liv­ing envi­ron­ments for his firefighters.

Chief David’s ulti­mate goal was to pro­tect the tax­pay­ers of the com­mu­ni­ty and its vis­i­tors. I can now leave com­fort­ably know­ing that pro­tect­ing our most valu­able asset was accom­plished.” Look­ing for­ward, he added, I am excit­ed to see the depart­ment con­tin­ue to move for­ward with the new lead­ers appoint­ed to lead it.”

After his offi­cial retire­ment date of Jan­u­ary 5th, 2024, David will begin work­ing as a loan offi­cer and the new branch man­ag­er of River­side Com­mu­ni­ty Fed­er­al Cred­it Union in Gas City. 

David said he’s look­ing for­ward to less stress and more time with fam­i­ly. I thank my wife, Mandy, and my par­ents, Pam and John, and the fire­fight­ers, for all of their con­tin­ued support.”

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