Edmond selects new fire chief

Edmond city officials announced the hiring of Jake Rhoades as fire chief. He replaces Gil Harryman, who retired in June after serving the department for 35 years.
by Diana Baldwin Published: September 24, 2012
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— Jake Rhoades, a 20-year fire service veteran, has been hired as Edmond's fire chief.

Rhoades is expected to start Oct. 29, city officials said Monday.

He is currently deputy fire chief with the Rogers Fire Department in Arkansas, a position he has held since 2009.

“We had three very good finalists, and I chose Jake because he's the best fit for the future of the Edmond Fire Department, our organization and our community,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.

Stevens created a focus group to help recruit someone to replace former chief Gil Harryman, who retired in June after 35 years with the department.

Community members Mike Roark and Martha Turner joined the city staff in the search for a new chief.

Rhoades started his firefighting career with the Stillwater Fire Department, where he was later promoted to training officer. After 16 years with the Stillwater department, he became the assistant fire chief for Jenks Fire Rescue.

“To say that I am excited for the opportunity would be an understatement,” Rhoades said. “I am truly honored to have been selected and look forward to stepping in as the fire chief of a great organization. I know my education and experience will provide an asset for the city of Edmond as well as the members of the department.”

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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