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Decatur has new deputy fire chief

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Decatur has new deputy fire chief

Stephanie Burton, Decatur's new Deputy Fire Chief, introduces her family during the Sept. 2 Decatur City Commission meeting. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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Stephanie Burton, Decatur's new Deputy Fire Chief, introduces her family during the Sept. 2 Decatur City Commission meeting.  Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Stephanie Burton, Decatur’s new Deputy Fire Chief, introduces her family during the Sept. 2 Decatur City Commission meeting. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur recently announced that Stephanie Burton has become the city’s new deputy fire chief.

The promotion was announced during the city commission’s Sept. 2 meeting. Burton’s promotion was effective at the beginning of September. Her previous title was Fire Marshal, and Chief Toni Washington told commissioners she will still have those duties, in addition to being the deputy chief.

“We’re not letting her out of that,” Washington said.

Burton replaces Tim Hatcher, who retired last month.

Commissioners asked Burton if she had anything to say about her promotion, but she politely declined. Washington praised her new deputy.

“We’re really proud of her and we’re glad that she’s moved up,” Washington said.

City Manager Peggy Merriss said in press release that, “(She) is already a familiar face to many residents and business owners in the City of Decatur. She is an experienced fire fighter who brings a high level of expertise to her new role as Deputy Fire Chief.”

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