MAYOR ALLENDER APPOINTS
JASON CULBERSON AS INTERIM FIRE CHIEF
Culberson brings 27 years fire/EMS experience
to interim post
RAPID CITY, SD--Mayor Steve Allender has appointed Jason Culberson, a 27-year veteran of Rapid City Fire and Emergency Services, as interim fire chief of the Rapid City Fire Department.
Culberson replaces Rod Seals, who announced his retirement last month and is effective today. Seals has served with the Rapid City Fire Department since 1995.
"I congratulate Chief Rod Seals for his quarter-century of service and contributions to the Rapid City Fire Department and the citizens of Rapid City," said Mayor Allender. "He has left a great legacy and I wish him well in retirement.
"I have the utmost confidence in Jason Culberson as he steps into the role of interim chief, and his ability to manage the fire department as the City works through the selection process for a new chief."
Mayor Allender expects the selection process to take 60 days, anticipates an internal selection from within the Rapid City fire department, and indicates the process will include internal interviews with department personnel and a review of applicants by a panel of community leaders.
“I appreciate Chief Seals for all of his leadership over the years," said Chief Culberson. "I’m excited for the opportunity to help our department grow and flourish even during these challenging times.”
Culberson holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Organizational Communications from Montana State University-Billings and a Masters in Business Administration from Dakota Wesleyan University. Jason and his wife, Kelly, have three adult children.
Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator
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