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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Mayor Garrett Appoints Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Naples as Acting Fire Chief

Mayor Garrett Appoints Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Naples as Acting Fire Chief

Hamden – Mayor Lauren Garrett is pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Naples to the position of Acting Fire Chief, effective today, July 29th at 12:01pm. Mr. Naples was appointed to the position of Acting Fire Chief following the retirement of Fire Chief Gary Merwede, who served the Hamden Fire Department for over 28 years, and served as Fire Chief from 2018 through 2022.

Acting Fire Chief Naples has served the Hamden Fire Department for the past 16 years as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, and Station Captain. He has a proven track record as a Fire Officer, including Incident Management, Fireground Operations, Station Management, and collaboration on administrative projects. Acting Fire Chief Naples received a Master of Science in Emergency Management from University of New Haven and has attended the National Fire Academy. Acting Fire Chief Naples has proven experience in teambuilding, decision making, operations management, and interpersonal communications.

Mayor Lauren Garrett commented, “I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Naples as Hamden’s Acting Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management, effective 12:01pm today. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Acting Fire Chief Naples over the past few months. I am confident in naming him as Acting Fire Chief as we continue to partner on transformational changes to the Fire Department through unprecedented hiring and promotions along with major improvements to our fleet and safety equipment, and the construction of a new flagship fire station. My partnership with Acting Fire Chief Naples will allow for a seamless transition. I wish former Fire Chief Gary Merwede a well-earned retirement.”

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Alexa M. Panayotakis, at (203) 287-7100 or by email at apanayotakis@hamden.com.

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