Dayton names new Fire Chief

Feb 24, 2014

Dayton's new Fire Chief, Jeff Payne.
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Dayton has a new fire chief. Jeff Payne is assuming the position full-time.

He has been interim Fire Chief since July 1, 2013.

Payne is a 25-year veteran of the Dayton Fire Department. He'll oversee more than 350 firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and support staff and a budget of about $36 million.

In a release, Dayton City Manager Tim Riordan says, "Jeff Payne has already served the Dayton community with dedication and distinction. Residents and businesses will continue to experience first quality emergency services through his leadership at the Dayton Fire Department.”

A swearing-in ceremony is set for Wednesday, February 26, at 11:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers (101 W. Third St., second floor).

From the City of Dayton:

Payne joined the Dayton Fire Department in 1989 as a firefighter, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996 and to Captain in 2002. He has served as Assistant Chief of Emergency Services since 2008. Payne earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology at Sinclair Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management Technology at Franklin University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.