Pensacola Mayor to Appoint First Woman Fire Chief

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) - A new Pensacola Fire Chief is coming to town and will make history.

Pensacola Fire Chief David Allen will be retiring on April 12th and to take his place is Ginny Cranor.

Mayor Hayward made the announcement on Monday that Cranor, who is currently in her 20thyear with the fire department, will be the first female fire chief in the department's 208-year history, according to a city press release.

Prior to becoming a Pensacola firefighter in 1998, Cranor was a volunteer with Escambia County Fire Rescue.  She rose through the ranks and was promoted to Battalion Chief in September 2016 and currently serves as the battalion chief for the department's "C" watch. 

"I am humbled and honored that Mayor Hayward has faith in me and my abilities and I am excited that he is giving me this chance to lead the fire department," said Cranor in a press release.  "The Mayor and Chief Allen have brought this department a long way, and I look forward to working with my colleagues at the department to capitalize on the opportunities to make it even better."

"I am extremely proud to be able to appoint Battalion Chief Cranor as Fire Chief" said Mayor Hayward in a press release. "Her record of accomplishments, unwillingness to be content with the status quo, and collaborative leadership style make her exceptionally well suited to sustain the fire department's upward momentum. The selection was difficult only in the sense that we were extremely fortunate to have several candidates in the department who are all capable of tackling the issues facing a 21st-century fire department."

Cranor will begin to lead the department's staff of 123 firefighters and administrative personnel after the City Council gives its consent to her appointment.  Mayor Hayward will request Council's consent at its April 12 meeting.

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