Broken Arrow Fire Chief resigns

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Updated: 3/18/2013 11:57 am Published: 3/18/2013 11:56 am

Broken Arrow city officials say Fire Chief Jeff VanDolah submitted his resignation.

VanDolah has served as Broken Arrow’ Fire chief since April 2011.

“In Jeff’s short time as chief, he has made a significant and positive impact on the fire service and others at the city,” City Manager Thom Moton said. “I will miss his reasoned approach to problem solving, fire service expertise and wonderful personality.”

VanDolah will be leaving the department to take a position in the private sector.

“For the last two years I’ve been fortunate to have an enormous amount of support from the City Administration and the City Council,” VanDolah said. “I also appreciate the dedication that was shown by all the Fire Department members that moved our organization forward in such a short amount of time. I also had the pleasure of working with the members of the Chamber of Commerce, Broken Arrow Public Schools, and several local business leaders.”

VanDolah began his career in 1984 with the Broken Arrow Fire Department as a firefighter. Prior to becoming chief, VanDolah served as Assistant Fire Marshal in Investigations with the Tulsa Fire Department.

City officials say VanDolah accomplished much in the two years he served as Fire Chief including hiring 24 new members, filling key positions, supervised construction of Station #2 and helped modernize the fleet.

VanDolah will resign his post effective April 19.

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