Independence Fire Department Deputy Chief John Greene has been named Acting Fire Chief by City Manager Robert Heacock.

This announcement follows the retirement of Chief Sandy Schiess on May 16.

“Deputy Chief Greene has devoted many years of his career to the citizens of Independence,” Heacock said in a release. “He understands the current issues and challenges the Fire Department faces, and will dedicate himself to doing what is necessary for the City.”

“Being named as Acting Fire Chief for the Independence Fire Department is an honor and a responsibility I take very seriously,” said Greene. “In keep with the mission of the Independence Fire Department, outstanding service to our community will remain our number one priority.”

Greene began his firefighting career with department in July 1987. He was promoted through the ranks and recently being promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in August 2008.