Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced that after a thorough and exhaustive search outside of the Division of Fire, he has selected Interim Chief Jeffrey Happ to be the next fire chief for the city of Columbus.
“I am confident Chief Happ will take this opportunity to leverage his experience and relationships to create change and position the division of fire as a model for the country,” Ginther said.
Happ is a 27-year Columbus Division of Fire veteran who oversees the Fire Training Academy. He became a firefighter in 1993 and worked his way through the ranks serving as a battalion chief, captain and lieutenant. He is also a Certified Ohio Peace Officer Trainer for Homeland Security in bombs, explosives and incendiary devices. He is a graduate of Miami University.
Ginther has charged Happ with laying the groundwork for implementing recommendations that will result from a third-party, independent review of the division’s policies – especially those designed to create an inclusive environment and provide opportunities for women and minorities in fire service.
“I am extremely grateful and humbled by this opportunity,” said Happ. “This was not anything I ever imagined for myself when I started with Columbus Fire almost 28 years ago. The chance to lead and help shape and improve this great division means the world to me.”