The Missoula Fire Department officially has a new fire chief after Gordy Hughes was confirmed during a city council vote on Monday night.
Hughes, 54, has served as assistant chief since 2017. He spent 13 years as a firefighter and then moved to the Fire Prevention Bureau as an inspector. He eventually became fire marshal in 2011 before moving into the role as assistant chief.
Council voted unanimously to approve the motion. Several councilors shared they are extremely supportive of the move.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t say I was nervous about the whole aspect of it, but with a great supporting cast, a great department, I think that I have good support,” Hughes said. “We got a good network of past chiefs that we still keep in touch … I got 100 other people here at the department and I’m very happy for that.”
Hughes is from Missoula and graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School, after which he spent time in the Coast Guard.
He replaces Jeff Brandt, who had been fire chief since 2018 and with the department for nearly 30 years.
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