Southfield names Cary its acting fire chief

The Detroit News

The Southfield Fire Department has named Battalion Chief Edward Cary its acting fire chief.

The 23-year department veteran began his tenure Monday, according to City Administrator Fred Zorn.

The city is in the midst of a nationwide search for a fire chief after former Chief Keith Rowley died last year in a boating accident on Lake St. Clair and Acting Chief Barry White retired.

“We hope to be able to name a new fire chief as quickly as possible,” Zorn said in a statement. “I expect that this interim assignment will be of a limited duration.”

Cary started with the fire department in 1993 and has worked as line lieutenant, unit captain and B-unit battalion chief. He has a bachelor’s degree in human resource development and management from Oakland University and an associate’s degree in applied science and respiratory therapy from Macomb Community College. He is also a graduate of Oakland County Community College’s Fire Academy.

The fire department has 88 members who cover Southfield and Lathrup Village. In 2014, the busiest year on record, firefighters responded to 13,470 calls for service (about 37 per day), and is one of the busiest fire departments in Oakland County, according to city officials.