PEORIA, Ariz. (Nov. 5, 2008) – City Manager Carl
Swenson has selected Thomas Solberg as Peoria’s new fire chief, subject to City
Council confirmation during the Nov. 18 council meeting.
“Chief Solberg brings extensive leadership and
management experience to the Peoria Fire Department,” said Swenson. “The Peoria
Fire Department is well-respected in the Valley for its quality and
professionalism. Chief Solberg will lead the department in further enhancing our
already excellent reputation as a progressive department and regional leader.”
Peoria’s previous fire chief, Robert McKibben,
retired in June after six years in the position. Soon after, the city began a
nationwide search which resulted in 61 applicants for the position. After
extensive review, Peoria’s executive team invited six individuals for in-person
interviews, finally settling on Solberg for the job.
“I’m honored and excited to serve as fire chief for
an outstanding and top-rated fire department,” said Solberg.
Solberg began his career as a paramedic in 1978 with
the Lee’s Summit, Mo., fire department, eventually landing the top job as fire
chief in 2000. He holds a Master of Science in Management and Bachelor of
Business Administration, both from Baker University. He and his wife, who have
four grown children, will relocate to Arizona later this year.
After confirmation, Solberg will begin with Peoria
on Jan. 5, 2009 at a salary of $145,000.