Fire Chief Mark McLees and Deputy Chief Charles Duffy to Retire
February 5, 2013
Chiefs to Retire in Mid-March after a Collective 56 Years Of Service to Syracuse; Miner Issues Statement Thanking Leaders for their Service
(Syracuse, N.Y.) – After a collective 56 years of service to the Syracuse Fire Department, Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced Chief Mark McLees and Deputy Chief have informed her of their intent to retire in Mid-March. Mayor Miner issued the following statement.
“When Chief Mark McLees and First Deputy Charlie Duffy came to my office last week and informed me of their intention to retire together, I was surprised but understanding. Running a large department is a difficult job and they have done it well. The Chiefs have both enjoyed distinguished careers in the fire service, rising through the ranks to positions of leadership. I want to thank them on behalf of the citizens they have served here in Syracuse for more than a half century. Their duties require 24/7 vigilance, and they deserve our appreciation.
“In the weeks ahead I will begin looking for the next generation of leadership for the fire department. That new leader will take over a talented and dedicated department that, like all city services, is entered a new and challenging time.
“Again, I thank Chiefs McLees and Duffy and wish them best after so many years of service to our community.”
Chief McLees has been a member of the Syracuse Fire Department since the mid-1980s. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to District Chief in 2001. He is known for his ability as a fire safety educator and has published several articles on the topic. He is a certified fire instructor and has been a professor at the New York State Fire Academy.
“Thank you for allowing me to serve the citizens of the city of Syracuse as a member of the fire department for nearly 28 years,” said Chief McLees. “It was an honor and privilege to be a part of the greatest fire department in the country.”
Said Deputy Chief Charles Duffy: “I am profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the team which makes up the Syracuse Fire Department. There may be firefighters as dedicated but none better. Thank you.”