January 10, 2018

Mayor Selects Rod Seals As City's Next Fire Chief

Rod Seals addresses questions from local media at Wednesday's press conference where Mayor Steve Allender announced Seals as the City's next fire chief, subject to City Council confirmation next Tuesday. Rod Seals addresses questions from local media at Wednesday's press conference where Mayor Steve Allender announced Seals as the City's next fire chief, subject to City Council confirmation next Tuesday. City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker

City Council Confirmation Scheduled Tuesday;

Seals Would Be City's 18th Fire Chief

RAPID CITY, SD--Mayor Steve Allender has selected Rod Seals, a 22-year veteran of the Rapid City Fire Department, to be the City's next fire chief.  Seals has been serving as fire chief in an interim capacity since the departure of Mike Maltaverne in December 2016.

                The Rapid City Council is scheduled to take up Seals' confirmation at the January 16 Council meeting.  If confirmed, Seals will be sworn in as the City's 18th fire chief.

            "The citizens of the Rapid City area are served by some of the top fire and emergency service responders in the country," said Mayor Steve Allender.  "Rod Seals is a true professional.  Throughout his fire service career in Rapid City, and especially during the past several months in an interim chief capacity, Rod has demonstrated the leadership and management qualities to lead the Rapid City Fire Department and its personnel."

                Seals' career with the Rapid City Fire Department began in June 1995.  He served more than 11 years in the operations division at Fire Stations 1, 5 and 7.  In January 2007, he was promoted to lieutenant while serving in the operations division at Station 1.   In 2010, Seals became captain of the operations division for Fire Station 8 at Rapid City Regional Airport then moved to battalion chief of the operations division, C-shift.  He served from July 2011 to October 2015 as Division Chief of Fire Operations.  In November 2015, he was named Deputy Fire Chief and served in that capacity until taking on interim fire chief duties.

                "It has been an honor and privilege serving the Rapid City community over the last 22 years," Seals said.  "I look forward to the next challenge serving as fire chief where I get to continue working alongside some of the best emergency responders in the nation."

                Seals has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Dakota Wesleyan University and an Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology from Casper College.  He holds certifications and has attended numerous trainings and specialty schools during his years with the Rapid City Fire Department.  He grew up on an almond farm near Chowchilla, CA.  In 1990, he migrated to Wyoming where he worked with his father in the petroleum industry.  In 1992, his fire service career began when he joined the Johnson County Volunteer Fire Department in Buffalo, WY.

                Seals and wife Jenny are parents to daughter Elyse and son Carter.  Seals enjoys camping, fishing, archery hunting and other outdoor activities.

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