FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2020
Powers appointed after retirement of Battalion Chief Jay Davis from the Charlottesville Fire Department
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville announces the appointment of Deputy Chief Joe Powers as City Fire Marshal and Fire Official. The appointment comes in the wake of Battalion Chief Jay Davis’ retirement from the Charlottesville Fire Department and as the city’s fire marshal.
Chief Powers joined Charlottesville Fire Department in January 2020 after a nationwide search for a deputy chief to lead the department’s community risk reduction efforts. His professional experience includes leading emergency operations, EMS, fire code enforcement, arson and bomb investigation, and department administration.
“The role of the Fire Marshal-Fire Official is critical for every community. It is particualry vital in a densly populated, rapidly developing community like Charlottesville. I have great confidence that Deputy Chief Powers will exceed our expectations in this new role” said Fire Chief Andrew Baxter.
Chief Powers will maintain his duties in leading risk reduction initiatives throughout the community and, with today’s appointment, will drive community collaboration in fire code enforcement and investigations. Chief Powers plans to create positive relationships and work closely with city and community stakeholders to create a safe environment for city residents, employees, and visitors.
Chief Powers’ swearing-in occurs at 1:00 PM, Thursday April 30, at the Charlottesville Circuit Court temporarily located at the Levy Opera House, 350 Park St.
Questions related to this news release may be directed to Deputy Chief Joe Powers at 434-970-3528.
City of Charlottesville