The ‘Wright’ man for the job Daniel Wright named new fire chief; Carley to retire March 14

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – The city council approved the appointment of Capt. Daniel Wright as the new fire chief at its Feb. 25 meeting, following the March 14 retirement of Fire Chief Jeff Carley.

Mayor Joe Peterson and City Administrator Todd Drysdale interviewed two candidates, Wright and Fire Lt. Tom Lyon.

Peterson said both candidates were impressive, and it was a difficult decision, since both did well on the civil service exam for the position and were highly qualified.

“(Wright) has been a captain for some time, and he’s going to be a good chief,” Peterson said. “The only bad side of it is we are losing Jeff.”

Wright has been with the Fire Department since September 1997, and since 2015 has held the rank of captain.

The Police and Fire Commission, which met Feb. 19, unanimously recommended Wright for the position of chief.
Wright’s starting salary as fire chief is $84,718.

Peterson praised Carley for his many years of service to the city.

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