The City of Glendale announced the resignation of Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. Scoggins, a 25-year veteran of the department, has accepted the position of fire chief for the city of Seattle, Washington.
Scoggins began his fire service career by volunteering to serve in the military as a firefighter for the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1989. After completing his military service, Scoggins joined the Glendale Fire Dept. as a firefighter in 1989. He was promoted to fire engineer in 1996. In 1998, he was promoted to fire captain and promoted again in 2003 to battalion chief where he managed the department’s safety and training programs and guided the development of company officers and upcoming firefighters. In 2007, he became the deputy fire chief and in 2008 was appointed fire chief.
“The leadership and dedication Chief Scoggins provided, not only to his department but to the larger Glendale community, was at the highest level of excellence – we are losing one of our best,” stated Mayor Zareh Sinanyan. “The City of Glendale wishes him continued success in Seattle.”
As Scoggins moved through the ranks, he challenged himself and those around him to make the GFD a premier fire department. He has an Associate of Science degree in fire technology from Glendale Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in fire administration from Cal State University at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in public administration from Cal State University at Long Beach.
Scoggins’ involvement in community organizations, both past and present, include the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, American Red Cross, Glendale Youth Alliance, Salvation Army, Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and the Rotary Club. Once a month, he served as the guest chef at Ascencia, making breakfast for the residents.
“I always try to put the community first,” said Scoggins. “Every decision I make, I base it on putting our community first.”
“Chief Scoggins has been a regional leader and innovator in the fire and EMS service,” said Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa. “Equal parts dedicated professional firefighter and leading-edge business executive, Harold has established a tremendous legacy and we are sad to see him go. The greater Seattle area will benefit from his service.”
Scoggins is married to his wife Abigail and has four children: Anthony, 26, Jasmine, 23, Nicole, 14, and Isaiah, 12. Scoggins will start with the Seattle Fire Dept. in April. Upon his departure, Deputy Chief Greg Fish will be appointed as the interim fire chief of the GFD.