FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced Eric Lahey as the city’s new fire chief Tuesday morning.
Lahey has been with the Fort Wayne Fire Department since 1996. He most recently worked as a firefighter at Station 11 on Rudisill Boulevard. He has held the positions of deputy fire chief, district chief of special operations, district chief of training and development and captain of training.
“A commitment to public safety is a top priority of my administration,” said Mayor Henry. “Eric has the skills and experience to lead the Fort Wayne Fire Department in an efficient and effective manner. Eric is a respected and proven professional. His leadership skills and a passion for public service will serve us well.”
Lahey is a Fort Wayne native. He also served in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1992. he served in the Indiana National Guard for six years, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School and has attended classes at IPFW and Ivy Tech.
“I’m looking forward to serving and protecting our community as the chief of the Fort Wayne Fire Department,” said Lahey. ” I want to to thank Mayor Henry for this opportunity. The Fort Wayne Fire Department is committed to meeting the needs of the residents and businesses. We’ll work together each day to ensure that the Fort Wayne Fire Department continues to provide and improve its excellent fire services.”
Layer will take over as fire chief on Monday, June 2.
Resignation of Amy Biggs
The announcement of the new chief comes after the abrupt resignation of current chief Amy Biggs.
Biggs announced her resignation May 21 and her last day as chief is June 1. She will return to a position of captain with the operations division.
City officials previously said the new chief will take over immediately following Biggs’ resignation.
Biggs cited personal reasons for stepping down after serving nearly two years in the top position with the Fort Wayne Fire Department.