Fire Chief Gregory M. Dean Retires

Today marks the last day of Fire Chief Gregory M. Dean’s 44 year career.  Chief Dean has been a strong leader in the Seattle Fire Department, serving as Chief for the past 10 years. He was skillful at finding common ground and forging long term relationships. Through his service, he has helped build a successful partnership between the firefighters and the community.  

Chief Dean entered the Department in 1970 as a Trainee Firefighter.  He has risen through the ranks serving as Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chief.  During his tenure in the Department, Chief Dean has also served in the following management positions:   Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief of Administration, Deputy Chief of Personnel, and Deputy Chief of Support Services. 

Chief Dean was selected as Chief Officer of the Year for 2002.  Mayor Paul Schell recognized his outstanding work in the Department as the Interim Fire Chief and proclaimed July 23, 2001 as Gregory Dean Day. In October of 2001, the Seattle Management Association named him Manager of the Year.  In addition, he’s been nominated numerous times for Seattle Works! Awards and received a Seattle Management Association Award in 2001.

The Chief served on the Washington State Fire Protection Policy Board, the Medic One Foundation Board, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee and was a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Metro Division. He  also served as Vice President of the King County Fire Chiefs Association and a Board member of the Valley School. 

Chief Dean was born and raised in Seattle and is a graduate of Franklin High School.  He received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  He has a daughter named Morgan.

Today Mayor Ed Murray appointed Michael E. Walsh to fill the position of interim Chief.  Chief Walsh retired in January 2014 as Assistant Chief of operations with 40 years of service.