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Fire Service Veteran Hired as New City Fire Assistant Chief

Post Date:October 12, 2018 12:22 pm

Dennis P. Reilly has been hired by the City of Davis to serve as the new Fire Assistant Chief. The Fire Assistant Chief position was included in the City’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget as the only new full-time job added to the City’s workforce this year. Assistant Chief Reilly will begin working for the City on October 22, 2018.

Chief Reilly is a distinguished forty-four-year fire service veteran, serving for the last 6 ½ years as the Chief of the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District in central Missouri. The Chief is also a retired Battalion Chief from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In Cherry Hill, Reilly served as an operational Shift Commander, responsible for the development of the Cherry Hill Recruit Fire Academy and he was a founding member of the Department’s Technical Rescue Team.

Along with his service in Cherry Hill, Reilly was one of the original members of the New Jersey State Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. Among his multiple deployments, Chief Reilly operated as a rescue squad officer at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Reilly holds an Associate Degree in Fire Protection from Durham Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University. The Chief has received his Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and serves as a Peer Reviewer for the CFO Designation. He is also a Certified Public Manager completing the certification program at Arizona State University in 2015.

In addition to his fire service career, Chief Reilly is a U.S. Army veteran, spending over six years on active duty as a combat medic with the 83rd Airborne Division and with the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment. After retiring from Cherry Hill, Reilly worked as private contractor providing high threat protective services to multiple government agencies.

The Chief has been married to his wife Ann for thirty years. The couple have two adult children, and two grandchildren with a third due in November. Davis Fire Chief Daryl Arbuthnott has stated that, “We welcome Chief Reilly and know that he will be a considerable addition to the Davis Fire Department.”

For more information, please contact the City of Davis City Manager’s Office at 530-757-5602 or