STAMFORD, Conn. -- Retired Assistant Fire Chief Peter Brown has been appointed the new chief for the city of Stamford's Fire Department, Mayor David Martin announced Thursday morning.
Brown will take over for Director of Public Safety Thaddeus K. Jankowski, who has served in the dual capacity as the interim fire chief since August.
“Chief Brown is the ideal candidate to lead the Stamford Fire Department. He is a professional with more than three decades of experience and an impressive track record of performance," Martin said in a statement.
"Peter understands the challenges confronting the department and has the ability to respectfully work with both volunteer and career firefighters. He has demonstrated a deep dedication to our city throughout his distinguished career and has earned the respect of the community.”
Brown, a lifelong Stamford resident and graduate of Rippowam High School, is an accomplished fire officer with an advanced level of fire certification, the city said in a press release.
A 40-year veteran, Brown began his firefighting career as a volunteer firefighter in the Belltown Volunteer Fire Department. He was appointed to the Stamford Fire Department in 1973 and rose through the ranks as lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and assistant fire chief. in the Stamford Fire and Rescue Department.
He has 34 years of experience as a fire officer and was the assistant fire chief for more than 17 years.
“Chief Brown brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Fire Chief position. He served as both a volunteer and career firefighter in the City of Stamford and was a key member of the department’s senior management team," Jankowski said.
"Given his experience and skill set, Chief Brown is well prepared to deal with all issues confronting the fire service. I look forward to working closely with him in providing for the most effective and efficient fire protection for both public and firefighter safety.”
Jankowski will continue his duties as director of public safety, Martin also announced.
“As the Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare, Jankowski, has provided strong leadership throughout his tenure and has helped lead Stamford through several major events and natural disasters," Martin said. "I look forward to working with Ted as we share the same commitment to public safety, health and welfare and the same vision for providing the highest quality of services.”
Both appointments will be immediately forwarded to the Board of Representatives for consideration and approval.