PRESS RELEASE: Redmond Fire Chief Resigns

Press Release

Redmond Fire Chief Resigns

June 23, 2020

Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager

Redmond, WA – Mayor Angela Birney and Redmond Fire Chief Tommy Smith have mutually agreed on the Chief's resignation from the City, effective June 22, 2020. Chief Smith was hired by the City on September 3, 2013, as Redmond’s Fire Chief. Prior to coming to the City, he was a Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

“I would like to thank Chief Smith for his years of service, and I very much appreciate his dedication to and compassion for the Fire Department and our community,” said Mayor Angela Birney. “Chief Smith is passionate about equity and inclusion and has been the sponsor of Welcoming Redmond Core Team, active with the regional fire chiefs, and has been instrumental in the recruitment of women and people of color into the fire service. During his years of service, Chief Smith has made impactful contributions to the City and our community, of which I am deeply appreciative. I wish him much happiness and success in his next chapter of life.”

Deputy Fire Chief Don Horton will serve as the acting Fire Chief until the Mayor determines the path forward to fill the vacancy.

For questions, please contact Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager, at or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on


Photographed left to right: Tommy Smith, Acting Fire Chief Don Horton
Photos courtesy of the City of Redmond.

Tommy Smith and Don Horton