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After six months in interim role, longtime firefighter gets chief green light

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Chief Scott LewisA Gresham firefighter for nearly 20 years will be the permanent leader of the department after filling the role for half a year following an unexpected departure.

The city of Gresham announced Scott Lewis will continue as chief following six months as interim chief.

"Scott Lewis has been an integral part of the Gresham Fire Department," said Deputy City Manager Corey Falls. "We are grateful for the thoughtful leadership, integrity and selfless commitment Chief Lewis brings to this community."

Lewis began his career as a firefighter in his hometown of Fairborn, Ohio, where he served for two decades, rising to the role of operations deputy chief. In 2003 he moved across the country to work for the city of Gresham, where he has held a variety of roles including operations deputy chief, administrative division chief and assistant chief.

"I am humbled to have the opportunity to be the fire chief for the Gresham Fire Department," said Fire Chief Scott Lewis. "We have assembled one of the finest groups of firefighters, fire officers, deputy fire marshals, and staff members in the State of Oregon.

"Every day they serve with courage and compassion, and it is a privilege to work alongside them," he added.

Lewis was first named interim chief following the unexpected resignation of his predecessor, Mitch Snyder, who pointed to unprofessional conduct by the City Manager's Office, serious budget woes that have been ignored, and a scapegoating campaign as his reasons for leaving an organization he could "no longer in good conscience be a part of."

Snyder departed in spring after joining the city in 2019.

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