Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Greenlee to the position of Fire Chief, effective Thursday, Nov. 8. Chief Greenlee was appointed by City Manager Jarrett Atkinson after a nationwide search conducted by Strategic Government Resources, a consulting firm specializing in government recruitment. The field of candidates was narrowed down to three internal and one external candidate. Following a final interview process, Greenlee was selected to fill the position vacated by Steve Ross, who retired last year.
“Jeff’s experience, education and determination will provide the necessary leadership in a continually growing and evolving department dedicated to serving every member of our community,” says Jarrett Atkinson, city manager. “The Amarillo Fire Department is highly considered throughout the region and the state. The men and women of the department provide the highest level of protection and service to our community, and I look forward to this continuing under Chief Greenlee’s leadership. Jeff Greenlee is highly respected among his peers and has my utmost confidence as our new fire chief.”
Chief Greenlee has served the City in various capacities with the Amarillo Fire Department since 1993. He was valedictorian of the Amarillo Fire Academy Class of 1993 and rose through the ranks of the Amarillo Fire Department. In his most recent position as district chief, Greenlee served as director of the City’s HazMat program and director of the Fire Department’s communications program.
Prior to coming to the City, Chief Greenlee worked at General Dynamics and Rockwell International. He holds a degree in Engineering Technology from Tarleton State University.
Chief Greenlee has served as a member of the Amarillo Fireman’s Relief and Retirement Fund board for ten years and currently serves as vice chairman. He also is a member of the Amarillo Firefighters Honor Guard and holds several certifications in his field. In his new role, the Chief will oversee every aspect of the Amarillo Fire Department, including 250 Firefighters, 17 civilian personnel, 12 stations and one station that will soon be under construction. The City has an ISO Personal Protection Classification 2 rating and the departmental budget for FY 2012 is $25,468,721.