CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – After a nationwide search and consideration of a large field of candidates, Mayor Joe Pitts has chosen Hopkinsville Fire Chief Freddie Montgomery to lead Clarksville Fire Rescue.
“Our search was broad and wide, and plenty of well-qualified candidates were interested in being Clarksville Fire Chief,” Mayor Pitts said Wednesday. “But after extensive interviews and a rigorous evaluation process, I’m convinced that Freddie Montgomery is the right person to lead our firefighters and emergency responders into the future.”
The Mayor’s recommendation to hire Montgomery will go before the Clarksville City Council for a vote at a special called meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. If confirmed, he would begin the position on Aug. 1
Montgomery, 46, was born and raised in Hopkinsville, Ky. After serving in the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Regiment from 1990-93, he joined the Hopkinsville Fire Department in 1994 as a Firefighter-EMT. He steadily rose through the ranks and was named HFD’s first public information officer in 2000, Fire Captain in 2002, and Fire Battalion Chief in 2009. He became his hometown’s Fire Chief in 2014, and has had a steady tenure of achievement and innovation.
For example, in accomplishments listed in his application, Montgomery:
- Transformed, with city support, a failing set of firefighting equipment into a dependable fleet with a predictable replacement plan.
- Advanced the Hopkinsville Fire Department into a leader among departments in Kentucky, with high training and evaluation standards and a Training Educational Institute license.
- Implemented a Work Performance Evaluation process to ensure every employee can physically perform job duties.
- Improved the financial outlook of the Hopkinsville-Christian County EMS System from a $480,000 projected deficit in 2014 to a current $300,000 surplus, with no financial supplement from the city or county.
A search for a new Clarksville Fire Rescue executive began in January after Fire Chief Michael Roberts announced he would retire from the post July 31 after 20 years in the position
As the first department head search of his administration, Mayor Pitts put plenty of time and energy into the Fire Chief selection process. An updated job posting was prepared and posted March 1. A nine-member search committee, which included citizens, a City Councilman, a former city firefighter and a retired state Deputy Fire Marshall was formed to evaluate applicants.
The committee identified top candidates for interviews, and a short list of four finalists was submitted to Mayor Pitts for evaluation and final interviews.
“As I’ve said throughout this process, we have much to be proud of in our City and at Clarksville Fire Rescue,” Mayor Pitts said. “And now, I’m confident that in Freddie Montgomery we have found the best possible person for this opportunity, and I’m pleased to recommend him for City Council approval.”