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The Seattle City Council voted Monday to confirm Harold Scoggins as the next chief of the Seattle Fire Department.

Scoggins, 49, officially began at the Seattle Fire Department on April 1, after he was nominated by Mayor Ed Murray about one month earlier. The former U.S. Air Force firefighter came to Seattle after 25 years at the Glendale, Calif., Fire Department. He became the Glendale fire chief in 2008.

“Chief Scoggins has an outstanding track record and will be the type of leader that ensures our fire and medical safety is optimal,” Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chairman of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee, said in a news release.

Scoggins replaces Gregory Dean, who retired as Seattle’s fire chief at the end of 2014.

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