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College Park appoints new fire chief

The City of College Park has appointed the first female fire chief in the city's history.

Teresa Everett was installed as the new chief, on Monday, during a meeting of the mayor and council, according to a news release issued by the city.

The mayor and city council made a joint decision to select Everett as the new chief, said Gerald Walker, College Park spokesman. The selection process also involved City Manager William E. Johnson, III.

According to Mayor Jack Longino, Everett was selected through an extensive interview process. "I am excited about her getting the opportunity to be our new chief," said Longino.

He added that with her past experience, Everett is well-qualified to do the job.

Councilman Ambrose Clay, added that "personally, I find our new chief to be very articulate and possessing excellent experience. I believe she will be a great leader for our department."

Everett served previously as a deputy fire chief in Rochester, N.Y., and has about 20 years of experience in fire safety services, according to College Park officials.

In a written statement, College Park Spokesman Gerald Walker said Everett served on the Miami-Dade (Florida) Board of Fire Commissioners for two years, and chaired the Commission in 2000-2001. "Her efforts helped facilitate the building of three new fire stations."

In Orange County, Fla,, she was District Chief of Fire Analysis, where she organized and managed fire analysis functions leading to a more effective reporting system. She also served as District Chief of Public Education and Training Recruit Development, according to Walker.

Walker added that Everett earned a bachelors degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Miami.

Everett's professional affiliations include a leadership role as Executive Director of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (2002-2008), and membership in the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Walker said.

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with the City of College Park, and the public safety department," the new chief said. She added that her immediate task is to become familiar with all operations in College Park, and to supply the needs of the community, and enhance fire safety.

"I believe in developing a great working relationship between the fire department and the community."

Everett said she has close ties with other local fire chiefs, and looks forward to strengthening those relationships.