‘My time has come’: Madison fire chief announces retirement

Fire Chief Steven Davis
Courtesy of the Madison Fire Department

MADISON, Wis. — After more than 30 years working for the city, Madison’s fire chief has announced he’s retiring next year.

Fire Chief Steven Davis has worked with the Madison Fire Department since 1989. In the time since, he’s served as a firefighter, paramedic, training officer, lieutenant, and division chief. He was appointed as the city’s fire chief in 2012.

“When I was appointed Fire Chief on January 2, 2012, I made a promise to the organization, to the community, to my family, and to myself that I would serve to the best of my ability and with honor and dignity for 10 years,” Davis wrote in an online blog post. “My time has come and I feel like I have fulfilled that promise.”

Davis said he plans to retire April 1, 2022.

In his 10 years as chief, Davis oversaw the department’s expansion of emergency medical services into several neighboring towns, the addition of two fire stations, and the launch of the CARES initiative, among other things.

“The list of people to whom I am indebted is long and substantial. I have learned far more than I have taught, from so many people,” Davis wrote. “I am happy to call so many members of the community my friends. I will miss everyone I have gotten to know over the past 10 years as Fire Chief. I am very humbled to be your servant and I wouldn’t have traded this experience for the world.”

Read Davis’ full good-bye letter here.