Syracuse Mayor appoints next Fire Chief and First Deputy Fire Chief

Kent Young (L) and Paul Linnertz (R)

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced her appointments for the next Fire Chief and First Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Syracuse on Tuesday afternoon.

Miner says she will appoint Paul Linnertz as the next Fire Chief and Kent Young as the First Deputy Chief of the Department.

Earlier this month, Fire Chief Mark McLees and Deputy Chief Charlie Duffy told Miner they would retire in mid-March. Chief McLees has been with the department for 27 years. He joined Syracuse Fire Department in the mid-1980s and was promoted to District Chief in 2001. Miner says their decisions last week came as a surprise.

Miner says Linnertz is currently the Deputy Chief for Administration. He has been with the Department since March 1985. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1990, then to Captain in 1999, and became a member of the Administrative Staff as the Safety Officer. In 2004, she was promoted to District Chief and then to Deputy Chief in 2012 and served as Administrative Chief for the Department.

Prior to joining the Fire Department, Linnertz served as a Department of Defense firefighter at the Seneca Army Depot and later at Griffiss Air Force Base. He attended Onondaga Community College.

Miner says Young is currently a District Chief who is assigned to the West Side. He has been with the Department since 1985 and was previously responsible for coordinating the Emergency Medical Services program.

Young is a trained paramedic and is completing studies towards a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in organizational leadership at University College. Young holds degrees from the SUNY Health Science Center and Eisenhower College of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

â??Both of these men have had distinguished careers in the Syracuse Fire Department and are dedicated public servants,â?? said Miner in a media release. â??They are consummate professionals who bring strength of character to these leadership positions in challenging times. The Syracuse Fire Department will be well served with these men at the helm.â??